Andrew Gruen over at CNET Reviews blogged:
Though Dell already broke up with Intel in the server market this May, Digitimes reports that the company is about to do the same for its notebooks. According to anonymous "sources at Taiwan-based notebook makers," Dell is set to launch a full range of AMD-based laptops based on the Sempron, Athlon 64, and Turion 64 X2 processors in the forth quarter of this year. AMD-powered Dell notebooks should mean less-expensive computers and more consumer choice--and of course, inexpensive, low-end notebooks hitting the streets during the holiday buying season.
Speaking from personal experience with AMD's Turion (it's in the Acer notebook I'm using right now), Dell will need to think carefully before putting these chips in just any of its notebooks. When AMD first came out with the Turion, it was positioned for the thin and light crowd (aka: ultra-portables). But notebook manufacturers apparently don't give much credence to the suggestions of their chip suppliers. My Acer Ferrari 4000 series notebook for example, is a monster of a notebook and barely fits in any of my shoulder bags. Judging by the way the fan winds up and blows at its highest capacity for hours on end, this notebook is clearly pushing the limits of the what the Turion can do (and things can get a bit sluggish on this system) and is generating some heat in the process.
And heat is the last thing Dell needs right now with its notebook like which, as of late, has literally been on fire. InfoWorld has a story from a couple of days ago about how another Dell laptop self-ignited. The first spontaneously combusting laptop was caught on film in Japan.