NEC has become the latest big PC maker to say it will build PCs using chips from Advanced Micro Devices (AMD).
And according to AMD's business development manager for Australia and New Zealand, Steven Fraser, this means further encouragement for local assemblers who choose AMD over Intel. Fraser told ARN that AMD is experiencing 20 per cent quarter-on-quarter growth in the local market.
NEC said it will use AMD's K6-2 processor in two families of systems it will sell in Japan.
AMD has been gradually scoring design wins for its PC chips over the past 18 months. All but two of the world's top 10 PC makers now have models that use processors from AMD as well as Intel.
NEC's machines with AMD chips are expected to go on sale in Japan immediately, an AMD spokeswoman said. NEC's Packard-Bell NEC subsidiary in the US uses AMD chips in some of its systems, however a local NEC spokesperson said that there are no plans to introduce an AMD-based product in Australia.
Last month, long-time Intel ally Toshiba said it too would start using AMD chips in some of its Satellite notebook PCs.