DailyTech reported a few days ago that representatives from
both AMD and Dell have confirmed that Dell would begin shipping 15.4"
notebooks in Q4 ’06 that will be powered by AMD Sempron and Turion 64 X2
processors. The move gives AMD even greater exposure from one of the largest
computer manufacturers in the world. The latest news from DigiTimes states that those new notebooks will
be paired up with ATI graphics controllers as well.
The fact that Dell would choose to pair mobile AMD
processors with ATI chipsets and graphics controllers shouldn't come as a
surprise to many -- there are already a number of AMD-based notebooks
that use this combination. However, the news takes on an even greater
significance now that AMD has acquired ATI. With AMD and ATI engineers working
together as one to build powerful, high performance platforms with great
stability for server, notebook and desktop platforms, it makes the products
even more attractive to manufacturers.
In the mobile sector, the industry has always looked towards
Intel's Centrino platform which pairs Intel processors with Intel motherboard
chipsets and Intel-based wireless controllers. With AMD based mobile solutions,
you might see an AMD processor backed by an ATI or NVIDIA motherboard chipset
and a Broadcom or Marvell-based wireless adapter. While there is nothing wrong
with this piecemeal approach, a single platform designed in house would be
optimum. The acquisition of ATI affords AMD this opportunity and we expect to
see great things as a result in the future.