System builders are irked about a severe shortage of AMD Athlon 64 X2 processors and blame the chip maker’s partnership with Dell.
“It’s a fiasco. There’s no product in the channel. It’s all going to Dell,” said Glen Coffield, president of CheapGuys, a system builder in Orlando, Fla. “AMD is divorcing the channel.” Coffield said AMD is hurting its loyal system builders, who feel they have been used and dumped now that the chip maker has a partnership with Dell and other top-tier OEMs. Another large system builder that has a relationship with AMD agreed that the situation is dire for channel partners. He said the supply problem started at the end of June and is hurting his business.

System builders are irked about a severe shortage of AMD Athlon 64 X2 processors and blame the chip maker’s partnership with Dell.
“It’s a fiasco. There’s no product in the channel. It’s all going to Dell,” said Glen Coffield, president of CheapGuys, a system builder in Orlando, Fla. “AMD is divorcing the channel.” Coffield said AMD is hurting its loyal system builders, who feel they have been used and dumped now that the chip maker has a partnership with Dell and other top-tier OEMs. Another large system builder that has a relationship with AMD agreed that the situation is dire for channel partners. He said the supply problem started at the end of June and is hurting his business.