updated 11:00 am EDT, Thu September 21, 2006
Apple May Use AMD Chips
Though Dell's decision to use AMD processors marks the latest in a series of defections that are breaking Intel's once unshakable grip on mainstream computer builders, much attention has been drawn to Apple's exclusive use of Intel chips in its Mac lineup. Comments by AMD's CEO Hector Ruiz at a San Francisco dinner late Wednesday now suggest that Apple will eventually use AMD processors in future systems, according to Bloomberg. Presenting to the event's guests, Ruiz observed that Apple will ultimately use AMD's platform for some models as it does not want to be a 'hostage' to exclusive pricing deals from Intel, as Dell and other manufacturers have been. The CEO also criticized Intel for reducing competition to a matter of price through its earlier monopoly of computer architecture.