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Dell hearts AMD, maybe

Dell hearts AMD, maybe

The rumors have been swirling for years, chalked up more to wishful thinking than to hard evidence, that Dell would be adding AMD chips to its popular line of made-to-order PCs. Recently we've seen the first steps in that direction, with Opteron chips in servers, and now that black hole of hearsay known as the blogosphere is pointing to a purported meeting at Michael Dell's Texas compound, where a deal was struck to offer AMD-based home PCs in time for the all-important back-to-school season.

Of course, we've heard this kind of thing before, and we'll believe when we see it (and even then, probably not until we get the first review unit in). We had a nice free-ranging discussion with the senior VP of Dell's product group, former Apple vet John Medica, last week, but got no hint of any impending deal.