updated 12:50 pm EST, Thu November 16, 2006
AMD-based Apple laptop?
Apple and AMD are joining forces to build an AMD-based Apple laptop, according to a report by DigiTimes. The publication claims that Taiwan passive component makers are seeing an aggressive rise in orders for high-capacitance multi-layer ceramic capacitors (MLCCs), and that most of the MLCCs are for use in an AMD-based Apple notebook. The new laptop will require about 70 22µF MLCCs manufactured by Japan-based Murata Manufacturing, Taiyo Yuden and TDK. Demand for Apple's Intle-based dual-core laptops that require around 80 22µ MLCCs has tightened supply for the high-capacitance MLCCs, forcing notebook makers to adjust their MLCC mixture. AMD CEO Hector Ruiz in September suggested that Apple would eventually use AMD processors in some of its Macs to avoid being held "hostage" to exclusive pricing deals from Intel.