Hector Ruiz says Apple wouldn't want to be "held hostage" by being Intel-only

According to reports, AMD's chief executive officer Hector Ruiz noted this week that Apple may be on its way to introducing computers with AMD processors. DailyTech yesterday dropped a small in its coverage of Parallel's announcement of its next version Workstation virtualization application for the Intel-Mac platform. In Parallel's press release, it stated that Parallels Workstation and Desktop for OS X will support AMD's Secure Virtual Machine.

This week, Ruiz delivered a key note at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco, indicating that Apple would be using -- not switching -- AMD processors in the near future. "Knowing Apple, why would they want to be held hostage like everyone else has been? Everybody wants choice," said Ruiz.

Both Intel and AMD have been at each other's neck fairly tightly this year, with both companies releasing excellent and compelling products. AMD received a fair amount of new partnerships this year, notably Dell, and Intel too in Apple. Many analysts believe that Apple will pose significant threat to major tier one PC manufacturers. For example, the Mac platform is currently the only platform out there on the market that can properly run both Microsoft Windows XP and Apple's own OS X natively, with fully working drivers.

Apple was not immediately available for commenting. During the last major Apple event, Apple's chief executive Steve Jobs noted that the company had been selling more Macs this year after the switch to Intel than it ever sold in any previous years.

"If you look at the last five years, if you look at what major innovations have occurred in computing technology, every single one of them came from AMD. Not a single innovation came from Intel." -- AMD CEO Hector Ruiz in 2007
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