Hector Ruiz: Apple will eventually use AMD chips

Apple's love affair with x86 processors might extend to Athlons in the future, according to AMD CEO Hector Ruiz. Just over a month after the release of Dell's AMD-powered Dimension desktops, a report by The Inquirer says Ruiz stated at a dinner in San Francisco that Apple, too, will eventually use his company's processors alongside Intel's. As justification for the potential move, Ruiz is quoted as saying Apple wouldn't want to remain a "hostage" to Intel.

Last year, analysts speculated that Apple's switch to Intel processors was driven by a need for low-power mobile chips and high production capacity. However, perhaps Apple could now be swayed by AMD's mobile architecture plans coupled with its increasing capacity and Intel's purported move to a less juicy discount scheme for PC vendors.

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