EU places a large order with Dell
The European Commission in Brussels placed a big order with an overall value of about 63 million Euros. Given a closer look this big deal for Dell is a tough setback for a major chip producer.
Goods on order are all in all 74,300 computers of the Optiplex 740 series, which are equipped with Phenom and Athlon processors. The order is most significant because of the fact that the European Commission just recently fined the competitor Intel with a record monetary of 1.06 billion Euros. According to the decision, which has been made public the previous week, Intel has used illegal methods in the competition with AMD.
The order also lists 44,600 flat screen displays, but those don't really cause any stir. The official point of view is that AMD has been chosen because of the better price-performance ratio, higher stability and very good manageability of the processors. Without imputing any kind of wrong conduct to the European Commission, the recent action against Intel might also have had an effect on the contract placing.
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