Dell CEO: relationship with AMD will expand

Dell President and CEO Kevin Rollins has let
slip an interesting nugget of information
about his company’s AMD plans in
an interview with the Austin American-Statesman. The interview itself
focuses on Dell’s financial struggles, but towards the end, Rollins
reveals the following:

On the corporate side, Dell started using processors from Advanced Micro
Devices Inc. in its higher-end servers, breaking an exclusive reliance
on Intel Corp. chips. The Dell-AMD relationship will expand, Rollins
said, though he declined to say exactly how.

This statement comes after persistent
rumors
that Dell plans to introduce a full line of AMD-powered
machines, including AMD notebooks for the back-to-school season.
Corroborating these rumors, the Chinese-language Commercial Times also
reported on Monday that Taiwanese notebook ODM heavyweights Quanta and
Mitac had landed orders
for AMD notebooks from Dell
. Shipments of these notebooks are
reportedly scheduled to start around September. Thanks to The Inquirer for the
tip.

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    • radioactive21
    • 13 years ago

    damn Intel must have really pissed off Dell.

    Another thing is, until AMD has proved otherwise, I do not think AMD laptops will not catch on. Well in my opinion anyways.

      • Krogoth
      • 13 years ago

      If AMD managed to get a cheaper laptop platform in decent supplies then average joe will certainly care.

        • Corrado
        • 13 years ago

        With the AMD aquisition, this will probably come to fruition a lot quicker/easier than you think. Full reference designs available from AMD including probably th ebest integrated video on the market, and very good CPUs.

    • StashTheVampede
    • 13 years ago

    Intel’s move to consistant pricing is the reason this happened. Intel and Dell haven’t made as “much” money over the few years. Intel’s movement to keep the OEM pricing the same was another piece to hurt Dell’s bottom lin — Dell wasn’t going to roll over for that.

    AMD is VERY willing to bend the pricing for Dell (they can’t be hit with anti trust yet, right?) for the amount of volume and name recoginition that comes with Dell.

      • UberGerbil
      • 13 years ago

      It’s not just the pricing. 4-socket servers (the “higher-end” servers Rollins is talking about) are showing huge growth (vs flat x86 server sales overall) and most of that is going to HP with their 4-way Opteron systems. Dell wants a piece of that action, and they’re not getting it with Woodcrest or Tulsa.

      • Decelerate
      • 13 years ago

      Actually, didn’t they also hit Dell as an accomplice with the Intel case?

        • StashTheVampede
        • 13 years ago

        Dell isn’t being sued, just Intel. Dell was subpoenad for more information related to Intel’s pricing.

    • Bauxite
    • 13 years ago

    Texas collaboration, its the good old boy network at work!

    I’m not serious, but its funny to point out.

    • jbraslins
    • 13 years ago

    In the other news, the hell finally froze over.

      • wesley96
      • 13 years ago

      Nah, I think Hell had its boilers broken since 2005. 😉

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