Intel inside doesn't matter to businesses

Intel inside doesn't matter to businesses

US business users are increasingly willing to purchase PCs which contain processors from companies other than chip giant Intel, according to two studies released recently.

Thirty-four per cent of US businesses surveyed are considering buying PCs with processors made by Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) or Cyrix instead of Intel, according to market researcher ZD Market Intelligence.

Though Intel has traditionally controlled more than 90 per cent of both the consumer and business PC processor markets, 27 per cent of survey respondents said they were "highly interested" in purchasing non-Intel-based PCs, according to a ZD Market statement.

Business users willing to consider non-Intel machines may help AMD and Cyrix break into the lucrative business market, the statement said. Already, as of June the two companies combined have 60 per cent of the market for sub-$US1,000 desktops and 38 per cent of total X86 desktop PCs selling in the retail channel, according to a different survey of more than 200,000 US businesses, ZD Market Intelligence said.

AMD K6 for HP's Pavilion

Hewlett-Packard will use Advanced Micro Devices' (AMD) K6-2 processor in its new line of Pavilion PCs.

The K6-2 processor incorporates AMD's 3Dnow! technology, designed to optimise graphics performance.

The Pavilions are powered by AMD processors with speeds between 266MHz and 333MHz.

The Pavilion PC series ships with Windows 98 and is sold through retail outlets.

Fujitsu, Philips plasma display developmentFujitsu said last week that it will jointly develop plasma display panels (PDPs) with Philips Consumer Electronics, expanding a two-year-old supplier relationship with the Dutch electronics company.

The partners hope the tie-up will help accelerate the development cycles of PDPs and they expect to release a new 42in colour PDP by year-end, a Fujitsu spokesman said.

PDPs are large flat panel screens currently used in high-end televisions and as specialised displays in venues such as the New York Stock Exchange.

In 1997, Philips began selling a flat panel television in Europe based on Fujitsu's PDPs. The Dutch company launched a US version of the unit earlier this year, the vendors said.

The Fujitsu spokesman said the tightened relationship between the two companies will focus on technology transfer, but he denied a recent press report that said the partners will next year launch a PDP at half the price of those selling today.

Netopia, Qualcomm sell off Mac businessesNetopia and Qualcomm are selling off their respective Macintosh businesses, but the good news for Mac users is that the technologies are finding new homes.

Netopia announced it has agreed to sell its Farallon Division to Gores Technology Group, an investor in high technology companies. Farallon will be spun off into a privately held company which will focus on producing high-performance connectivity products, according to a company statement.

Farallon makes Ethernet and Fast Ethernet networking products, including switches, hubs, adapters and PC cards, for Apple's Macintosh PCs.

Meanwhile, Qualcomm will sell its suite of file and system utilities software designed for the Macintosh platform to software developer PowerOn Software, company officials have announced.

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