Gateway makes bid for eMachines

C|Net is reporting that Gateway has made a bid to purchase budget PC builder eMachines. If the deal is approved, Gateway and eMachines would together become the third largest PC manufacturer in the US.

What's particularly interesting about this deal, at least from an enthusiast's perspective, is each company's relationship with AMD. While eMachines has never been shy about using AMD's processors, including the Athlon 64, Gateway doesn't offer a single AMD-based system.

Under the terms of the deal, eMachines' CEO would take the helm at Gateway, which might mean we could see a few Athlons sneak into Gateway's Intel-only lineup.

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