AMD is targeting the small- and medium-sized business pools with its “Business Class” platform, to be sold by a handful of AMD’s partners, including Dell, Acer, Fujitsu, HP, and Lenovo. What’s interesting is that AMD’s taking an open approach, so systems will be available with graphics chips by ATI, whom AMD purchased in mid-2006, but will also support graphics processors made by NVIDIA, ATI’s biggest rival. That’s some nice consumer choice right there.
The desktop line will include Phenom and Athlon processors and will carry standard two-year warranties on the systems themselves and three year warranties on the processors so that businesses may “benefit from longer image-stability periods for the processor and motherboard, lengthening PC lifecycles and thereby lowering total cost of ownership,” according to a recent press release.
Look for Business Class desktops to become available from the aforementioned partners soon, with notebooks to follow in the second half of the year.