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 Apr 15, 2005 - 11:00 AM - by Michael
* AMD Wins w/ Government

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AMD's gotten a key windfall from the US government - a White House reminder that government agencies are supposed to be 'brand neutral'.

"We are concerned the use of brand name specifications in agency solicitations may have increased significantly in recent years, particularly for information technology procurements," the memo said.

It went on to note a "specification for brand name microprocessors associated with a single manufacturer," a clear reference to Intel.

Intel dominates the microprocessor industry with more than 80 percent of the market. AMD has aggressively pursued what it calls unfair business practices by its arch-rival and last month the Japanese government ordered Intel to stop giving discounts to PC makers in return for agreements to avoid AMD chips.
Ouch for Intel. Now if only Dell would start carrying some AMD-based systems.

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