View Full Version : AMD-based Apple notebook in the works

21st November 2006, 07:24 AM
A report published by the always intriguing DigiTimes on Thursday claims that Apple Computer is teaming up with chipmaker AMD to deliver a new notebook that will employ AMD chips rather than those from Intel.

The publication cites Taiwan-based sources in the passive component industry as witnessing an aggressive increase in orders for high-capacitance multi-layer ceramic capacitors (MLCCs) supposedly en-route for an AMD-based Apple notebook.

"For this new notebook, about 70 22F MLCCs will be required, with Japan-based Murata Manufacturing, Taiyo Yuden and TDK being the three major suppliers," DigiTimes sources reportedly said.

In supporting its claims, the publication cites statements by AMD chief executive Hector Ruiz, who in September said Apple would eventually become one of AMD's customers. It also notes the recent merger between AMD and ATI Technologies as making the "speculation more convincing," because the graphics solutions specialist has been a longtime partner of Apple's.

However, DigiTimes hedges its bets by noting that "some motherboard makers are doubtful about any AMD and Apple partnership, with the makers noting the performance advantage Intel currently enjoys over AMD, especially for the Core 2 Duo processor compared with AMD's present CPU lineup."

"AMD is also considered to have insufficient capacity," those motherboard makers reportedly said.

DigiTimes goes on to say that sources at Taiwan server makers suggested that Apple could alternatively apply AMD's x86 socket chips to its Xserve line.

"In light of the fact AMD's market share in the server segment is likely to reach 20 percent, a partnership between the two companies seems reasonable," the report states.

Editor's note: DigiTimes has not been particularly accurate in its predictions of future Apple product directions and technologies.

21st November 2006, 07:43 AM
Doubt it's true, Intel will treat Apple like shit if they put anything AMD related in their computers... I'd also say good bye to any form of ATI in future macs too!

21st November 2006, 08:07 AM
Sounds like crap ... why would Apple bother switching to AMD, after their strong relationship now with Intel, and the fact that the Core CPU produces much more favourable performance per watt? There is absolutely nothing in the AMD camp that can beat Core at present.


21st November 2006, 08:14 AM
DigiTimes is notoriously unreliable. They're the ones who claimed that their sources in Taiwan/China were going to be shipping iBook G5s last year.

Bart Smastard
21st November 2006, 08:26 AM
I saw this somewhere last week. One possible explanation I read suggested the AMD chip could appear in the iTV when it comes next year.

Apple of course have used two chip suppliers in the past, with the G5 from IBM and the G4 rom Freescale/Motorola. But at this point it's plausible but not likely that they would chose AMD along with Intel.

If the rumour came from a more reliable source there might be something in it.

21st November 2006, 09:00 AM
There does seem to be eveidence that Apple and ADM have been working together even befor the switch to intel there was a hint that this was the case.

Be interesting to see what pans out !

21st November 2006, 11:03 AM
Digitimes has an extremely poor reputation for accuracy, I'd say it's rubbish.

21st November 2006, 11:28 AM
Perhaps its a return of the apple clone? :P

21st November 2006, 11:36 AM
Steve Jobs killed the original clones - I somehow don't think he'll want them back!

24th November 2006, 09:46 PM
Maybe if they plan on making a cheap eMacbook. But it's unlikely AMD won't be competitive in performance for a while.

24th November 2006, 09:57 PM
We'd sooner see a re-release of Sony's PowerBook 100 from apple than we would a device with an AMD CPU in it :)


24th November 2006, 10:20 PM
AMD has promised a mobile specific CPU architecture and a GPU intergrated into the CPU. And their quad core K8L sounds very interesting. You never know what the future will hold, apple already abandonded powerpc and nobody saw that coming. Point is AMD will probably be more competitive in the future and apple may find it a better option.

The Fluffy Duck
24th November 2006, 11:10 PM
The ONLY thing AMD has going for it is the recent merger with ATI allowng for a better "end to end" computer rather than a mis match of components from all over the shop.

Intel processors have alwasy been better at multimedia functions that AMD, given apples creative market I dont think AMD is the way to go. AMD are great for games but that isnt apples calling.

24th November 2006, 11:34 PM
I saw this somewhere last week. One possible explanation I read suggested the AMD chip could appear in the iTV when it comes next year.

Wouldn't it be using the much touted, but not seen much of Intel Viiv?

25th November 2006, 02:22 AM
highly doubtful performance per watt and performance per for heat generation intel walk all over AMD even a quad core intelo cpu @ 3ghz uses same as intels previousl 3.2 P4

25th November 2006, 02:24 AM
Not before this year, and AMD says they are working on more power efficient designs. AMD is a very competent company.

25th November 2006, 07:58 AM
I'm pretty sure Apple and Intel would have signed some exclusivity contract that ties Apple to Intel for a certain period of time. However, having AMD spurring Intel on to make better chip designs is one thing Apple never had with the PowerPC architecture.

25th November 2006, 09:10 AM
they're not for a laptop their for a super powerful Iphone/PDA/tablet which can dual boot vista and leopard and make Ichat calls on 3g and make my toast in the morning. ;)