Sparking a Change
Whether or not the AMD-Lenovo relationship or the AMD-ATI purchase or a growing number of customer requests will spark change in PC manufacturers plans remains to be seen. To date, few top-tier manufacturers offer business-oriented AMD-processor systems in the United States.HPs HP Compaq Business Desktop dx5150 desktop model comes with AMDs Athlon 64 or Athlon 64 X2 chips at the moment. Its HP Compaq Business Notebook nx6325 offers AMDs 64 Turion X2 to small and midsize businesses. Theres nothing to preclude a large business from buying a machine like the nx6325. Many have, HP executives have said. HP has yet to offer an AMD machine thats specifically tailored to its larger accounts. Although company executives have said it may do so at some point. Lenovo, too, has targeted the small and midsize business space with AMD-based desktops. There, its Lenovo 3000 brand 3000j desktops offer a choice between AMD and Intel processors. But the arrival of the ThinkCentre A60 will display a larger commitment to AMD than the computer maker has made before. Lenovo has made other changes to its desktop lineup ahead of the expected August appearance of the ThinkCentre A60. The company has discontinued its ThinkCentre E Series desktop, which had also been aimed at the small and midsize business space. A Lenovo spokesperson in Raleigh, N.C., confirmed that the E Series has been discontinued. As its Lenovo 3000 brand desktops offer similar features, the company intends to offer those machines to its small and midsize business customers instead. Lenovos ThinkPad notebook line will remain stable, and both its ThinkCentre desktops and ThinkPad notebooks will adopt Intels Core 2 Duo processor, which launched on July 27, in the future, he said. But, when asked about ThinkCentre and AMD, he declined to comment. Editors Note: This story was updated to include more information on AMDs plans. Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest news in desktop and notebook computing.
HP, the largest example, has offered AMD-based HP Compaq Business PCs to the small and midsize business market for some time. But its yet to deliver a machine designed specifically for larger companies in the United States.