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.