AMD in China

A WSJ story on how AMD plans to work with China Basic Education Software Co. to develop computers for China’s 200+ million students:

The schools’ systems could contain three kinds of AMD chips — microprocessors, data-storage chips known as flash memory, and embedded processors, according to AMD.

Dan Pickens, an AMD spokesman, said China has mandated online access for all schools by 2010. The venture, he added, should secure AMD’s position as a “preferred provider” in the Chinese market and build a brand image in schools.

Mr. Pickens estimated that AMD chips are used in 29% of the personal computers in China that use Microsoft Corp.’s Windows operating system.

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Rajesh Jain

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