Laptop and desktop PC manufacturer Lenovo announced this Wednesday that it has started the roll out for its first Advanced Micro Devices based desktop PCs. The new line of Lenovo computers is said to target small businesses.According to the company the Lenovo 3000 J115, which is built on AMD’s socket AMD2 platform, is powered by an Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core chip. It is also specifically enabled for Microsoft’s soon to be released Windows Vista operating system. The Raleigh, North Carolina based computer maker also said that the starting list price for the PC would be at $599. The new system can also be configured by the user. It can take up to 4 GB of DD2 memory as well as a 250 GB hard drive. It can also support a 500 GB hard drive if need be.
The move is the latest triumph for AMD in its campaign to maintain or expand its market share against its rival Intel. In the past, Lenovo was not offering any PC that contained an Athlon 64 chip in the United States.
Ever since it acquired IBM’s PC business last year, Lenovo has taken great efforts to further shore up its share of the North American SMB market. Lenovo and its rival Dell have both set their sights on this particular segment because of its growth potential as well as the highly fragmented market share. Both companies have also began developing an AMD based processor after so many years that it was only pursuing an Intel based strategy.