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HP Gives AMD's Phenom a Boost

After a bruising month where it had to admit a series of missteps with its quad-core microprocessor strategy, Advanced Micro Devices got a boost Jan. 3 from Hewlett-Packard. On Thursday, HP announced that it would begin selling a consumer desktop – the Pavilion Media Center m8330f – that will use AMD's new quad-core Phenom processor. The new desktop is one of several new PCs that the Palo Alto, Calif., company plans to display at the 2008 International CES, which kicks off Jan. 7. While AMD still has a number of issues to work through in 2008, including delivering its chips to its partners on time, the announcement does give the chip maker access to customers through one of the globe's top-tier PC vendors. Although HP is offering AMD's quad-core chip in one of its new desktops, the rest of its desktops and notebooks and that will be on display at the 2008 CES will use a combination of dual-core and quad-core Intel processors.

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