We use cookies to provide you with a better experience. If you continue to use this site, we'll assume you're happy with this. Alternatively, click here to find out how to manage these cookies

hide cookie message
80,258 News Articles

Dell dismisses talk of AMD PCs

No comment? No surprise there then

Dell today dismissed a report that it has notified Taiwanese manufacturers to ready production lines to produce PCs using microprocessors made by AMD.

A report in the Chinese-language Economic Daily News of Taipei said Dell has already notified major Taiwanese contract manufacturers such as Hon Hai Precision Industry and Quanta Computer to prepare to begin production of desktop and notebook PCs based on AMD microprocessors. Taiwanese companies normally gain a first glimpse of such product changes because they build a lot of the systems sold by Dell and other PC companies.

Rumours that Dell, the world's largest PC seller, might start using AMD microprocessors have been around for years, but the company has never taken the plunge because of a special relationship with Intel, its sole chip supplier.

Industry watchers believe Dell receives discounts on Intel products as a result of its continuing loyalty to the world's largest chip maker. Early this year, Dell chief executive officer Kevin Rollins put speculation that it might use AMD chips in some systems to rest, saying it had again opted to maintain its Intel-only stand.

Today the company dismissed the report as speculation.

"We do not comment on rumours and speculation," said Judy Low, Asia-Pacific spokeswoman for Dell in Singapore.

Sources at four Taiwanese contract manufacturers and parts makers either declined to comment or said they did not know of any plans by Dell to use AMD microprocessors in their PCs.


IDG UK Sites

Best Christmas 2014 UK tech deals, Boxing Day 2014 UK tech deals & January sales 2015 UK tech...

IDG UK Sites

Apple's 2014 highlights: the most significant Apple news of 2014

IDG UK Sites

2015 creative trends: 20 leading designers & artists reveal the biggest influences & changes coming)......

IDG UK Sites

Ultimate iOS 8 Tips: 35 awesome and advanced tips for using iOS 8 on iPhone and iPad