AMD gets a new Chinese PC partner

AMD gets a new Chinese PC partner

China's third-largest PC manufacturer will use microprocessors from Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) in some of its PCs, the U.S. chip manufacturer announced Wednesday.

Tsinghua Tongfang will launch nine new consumer and corporate PC models using AMD's Athlon 64, Athlon 64 X2 and Sempron processors, AMD said.

Lenovo Group Ltd., the Chinese market leader, already uses AMD processors, and in December 2003 AMD announced plans to create a joint platform development laboratory with second-place Beijing Founder Electronics.

In 2004, Lenovo led the Chinese PC market with a 25.1 percent share, followed by Founder (9.9 percent), and Tsinghua Tongfang (7.8 percent), according to a study from Gartner. Foreign vendors took the next three places, with Dell in fourth place (7.2 percent), then IBM Corp. (5.1 percent) and Hewlett-Packard Co. (4.8 percent). Since then, Lenovo has acquired IBM's PC division.

In the third quarter of 2005, Lenovo's share of shipped units had grown to 33.7 percent, and Founder's to 11.6 percent, with Tsinghua Tongfang in third place (8.3 percent), followed by Dell (7.4 percent) and then HP (6.8 percent), according to figures from Gartner compiled in November.

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