SAN FRANCISCO Three months after finally acknowledging that it would roll out new servers based on microprocessors from Advanced Micro Devices Inc. (AMD), Dell said Thursday (Aug. 17) will launch its first desktop computers with AMD processors in September.
Dell (Austin, Texas) said it would launch Dimension desktop computers with AMD processors next month and will introduce a two-socket and multi-processor server using AMD Opteron processors by the end of the year.
The embrace of AMD chips in the world's No. 1 PC vendor's desktop systems deals a further blow to Intel Corp., which had been essentially the exclusive supplier of microprocessors to Dell until the May, when, following months of speculation, Dell said it would roll out new servers based AMD's Opteron line of 64-bit processors by the end of this year.
For several months, AMD has been said to be gaining market share from Intel in some niches. AMD getting its foot in the door in Dell servers was a landmark event, but Dell's desktop computer market is significantly larger and potentially much more lucrative.
Dell Thursday reported sales of $14.1 billion for the second quarter of fiscal year 2007, ended Aug. 4, up 5 percent year-over-year. Net earnings were $502 million or 22 cents per share, which fell short of the company's earlier guidance.