Ruiz was joined by Michael Dell, chairman of PC company Dell, before 41,000 attendees athere at Moscone Center. The two executives, long on opposite sides of the technology spectrum, are now partners after an .
The men hinted at a Dell-AMD announcement to come later in the day, when Dell is scheduled to give his own keynote address.
Despite years of disparaging AMD's Opteron and Athlon 64 processors in contrast with Intel's chips, Dell is set tolater this year, and has already started selling .
Ruiz did not announce any new AMD products or initiatives, but touched on many of his usual themes during Monday's opening address. AMD spends a lot of time reminding potential customers that they have a choice in low-end server processor technology, since Intel had that market basically to itself before AMD's Opteron processor arrived in 2003.
"With greater choice comes greater competition and with greater competition comes greater innovation," Ruiz said.
He also put in a plug for Oracle's database and application software running on Opteron-based servers, and he touched upon the need for improved information technology in health care. David Brailer, the former national coordinator for health information technology, noted during an onstage conversation with Ruiz that standards must become a greater part of health care technology.