Analyst predicts Dell switch to AMD chips


Analyst predicts Dell switch to AMD chips

Antony Savvas

A US financial analyst has predicted that Dell will launch its first products equipped with AMD processors this year, including a new range of servers in the second half.

Until now, Dell has relied exclusively on Intel for the processors in its products. A Dell move to AMD would be a massive shot in the arm for AMD against its much bigger rival.

Piper Jaffray’s Les Santiago issued a report predicting Dell’s adoption of AMD chips, partly based on the firm’s “conversations with sources in the PC supply chain".

Taiwan's Economic News Daily reported last November that Dell was planning to build AMD-based products with manufacturing partners on the island.

Santiago predicted a new range of Dell AMD Opteron processor-driven servers in the second half of this year.

Santiago added that if Dell were to build servers using Opteron chips, it might also use AMD's Athlon and Turion chips to offer different desktops and laptops.

Neither Dell nor AMD has so far responded to the report. AMD is currently engaged in an anti-trust lawsuit against Intel, claiming the chipmaker offered financial incentives to companies like Dell to boycott AMD processors. Intel denies such charges. 

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