Taking its first significant step into the world of business PCs, AMD has announced that NEC will make and sell PCs with AMD processors to corporate customers in Europe.
Japan's NEC has decided to use AMD's high-end Athlon and budget Duron processors in a line of PowerMate DT computers. NEC's desktop PCs will be aimed at large enterprise and government markets, initially in the UK, France, Italy and the Netherlands.
This could eventually make business PCs for small and large businesses cheaper as AMD chips are significantly less pricey than Intel's.
AMD said the systems would be available immediately, but had no pricing information. The company has levered its cheaper Intel-compatible chips into home user PCs for some time, but until now, it had no big partner that wanted its chips for business PCs.
Commentators are saying the deal with NEC finally puts AMD within striking distance of Intel.
AMD already has corporate market relationships with Italy's Olivetti and Germany's Maxdata, but in the US - the big business computer market - Intel is king.