The combination of a strong platform and an adequate, if not less-than-stellar, processor performance, could help AMD crack the SMB market as it launches its new Business Class range.
AMD has raised the warranty on the Business Class range, identified by the letter B, from one to three years together with the manufacturer's promise that the products will be available for two years.
The Business Class will include AMD Phenom X3 and X4 triple and quad core processors as well as a few Athlon X2 dual core ones; they will be partnered with motherboard based on AMD's latest 780V chipsets.
The platform is also highly energy efficient and all Business Class products carry the Energy Star 4 label which means that they are 80 percent or more power efficient.
Dell, HP, Lenovo, Fujitsu-Siemens and Acer have Business Class desktop PCs already in their offering and Business Class laptops will follow soon.
It will probably not be enough to counteract Intel's hegemony on sheer computing power (and marketing clout) but AMD has the platform advantage for now.