Dell rounds off AMD line with notebooks

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By  Published  November 17, 2006

Dell has launched its first range of notebooks powered by processors made by AMD rather than Intel.

The collaboration is an expansion of an existing partnership between the companies that has seen AMD’s chips already rolled out across Dell’s server and desktop product lines.

AMD’s processors are now available in Dell’s Inspiron 1501 and Latitude 131L notebooks, designed for consumers and small business customers. Both the Inspiron 1501 and Latitude 131L come with either the chipmaker’s Turion 64 dual-core or Mobile Sempron processors.

“Dell’s vision for mobile computing and breadth of offering is leading the industry,” claimed Alex Gruzen, senior vice president of Dell’s Product Group, in a statement announcing the launch.

“As much as we deliver product innovation with our award winning XPS systems, we’re also committed to helping consumers and small business customers get more out of their technology investment to meet their everyday entertainment and productivity needs,” Gruzen added.

The announcement follows a guest appearance by the PC giant’s chairman Michael Dell on stage with AMD CEO Hector Ruiz at last month’s Oracle OpenWorld conference in San Francisco, where Dell officially unveiled its first AMD-powered x86 servers.

Samir Bhavnani, research director at Current Analysis, suggested the notebook launch was further evidence of the confidence Dell had in AMD to meet the capacity demands of a company of its size.

“This really shows that AMD has emerged as a legitimate option,” Bhavnani explained to the IDG News Service. “For years one of the concerns Dell had with AMD was its ability to meet demand. Dell would not choose to implement AMD processors in a hot category if it wasn’t fully confident in AMD’s ability to deliver.”

AMD’s processors are now present in almost every major notebook vendor’s products. The only major players left still exclusively using Intel chips are Lenovo, Sony and Toshiba, Bhavnani stated.

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