Toshiba readies AMD-based notebooks

AMD may be between a rock and a hard place at the moment, after two quarters of massive financial losses and heated competition from Intel and Nvidia. However, AMD's precarious situation doesn't seem to be bothering Toshiba. As Reuters reports, the world's fourth-largest notebook maker has revealed that it will soon introduce laptops based on AMD's processors. Right now, Toshiba's entire product range is based on a selection of Intel Core 2 Duo, Core Duo, Pentium M, and Celeron M chips, so the move will end its exclusive relationship with Intel.

According to Reuters, AMD processors will find their way into 20% of the notebooks Toshiba sells in the U.S. and Europe. A Toshiba spokeswoman told Reuters those machines will be "moderate-priced standard models for individual and corporate clients." She didn't reveal further details, but Japanese business paper Nikkei says the machines will be up to $82 cheaper than current models. Nikkei also says some the machines are scheduled to come out this summer.

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