IBM Aptiva to get K6 but UK put on hold

IBM has given a major boost to AMD, saying it will use the chip maker's K6 in its Aptiva consumer desktop line. However, at least initially, the systems will not be sold in the UK.

Big Blue already uses Cyrix-designed CPUs, which it manufactures, in some systems. The K6 will keep company with Cyrix and Intel chips in the Aptiva line. The US announcement drove AMD stock up $5; previous big design wins for the K6 include Acer and Digital.

An IBM UK spokeswoman said that AMD parts will not be part of a September refresh of the Aptiva range. "There are no plans at the moment but I wouldn't rule it out for the future," she said.