News Briefs: AMD, ACS

News Briefs: AMD, ACS

AMD Oz rallies

After IBM announced it would drop Advanced Micro Devices' (AMD) Athlon microprocessors from IBM PCs sold in the US, AMD reacted quickly, stating that Big Blue still sells PCs powered by Athlon and Duron processors in Australia.

IBM offered AMD chips as a build-to-order option for consumer models in the US, but discontinued the AMD option in May. The IBM NetVista A40i consumer PC will no longer offer the AMD processor as an option and will only be sold with an Intel chip, said Anouk Bikkel, an IBM spokeswoman.

Meanwhile, the chipmaker claims its strength is in retail channels and that IBM has shifted its focus away from this sector.

ACS offers R&Dscholarships

The Australian Computer Society (ACS) last week announced a multimillion-dollar plan to boost the IT industry in Australia through funding tertiary scholarships and research and development.

ACS president John Ridge said the ACS Foundation would support the industry by helping to improve access to IT education. It intends to offer more than 100 scholarships and disseminate between $3-$5 million of educational grants annually by its fifth year of operation.

The foundation aims to specifically

target both gifted and disadvantaged students, as well as women, who are significantly under-represented in the Australian IT industry.

Scholarships for 2002, both undergraduate and postgraduate, will be announced in September.

Each will be valued at about $10,000 a year for three to four years.

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