Feeds

AMD, Compaq, HP, others form unholy buying alliance

Intel and Dell aloof from Gang of 12

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

The essential guide to IT transformation

Twelve major PC industry players have formed a separate company in a bid to ease PC component procurement and speed up their supply chains.

Compaq, HP, Gateway, Hitachi, Infineon, NEC, Quantum, SCI, Western Digital, Samsung, Quantum and AMD said yesterday they would invest money in an "open Internet exchange", designed to reduce inventory and speed delivery. The exchange, details of which can be found at this site, will start its operations within 90 days, executives at the different firms said. The B2B exchange will be available to everyone involved in the supply chain, including contract manufacturers and other suppliers and distributors. Participants will be able to trade and plan using an e-commerce front end.

The exchange was welcomed by PC luminaries including HP's Carly Fiorina and Compaq's Mike Capellas, as well as Gateway. But it is significant that Intel and its close partner Dell are not joining the party. From one point of view, the exchange can be seen as a response to Dell's growing PC market share, with former bitter enemies HP and Compaq sinking their differences in the hope they can offer lower prices and hang onto their market share.

Intel already has a complex business-to-business e-commerce relationship with its partners, and the fact that some of its major customers have linked with upstart chip firm AMD will cause some eyebrows to be raised in Santa Clara. The 12 partners will plunge $100 million into the scheme for its startup, and each has equal ownership in the exchange. ®

5 things you didn’t know about cloud backup

More from The Register

next story
6 Obvious Reasons Why Facebook Will Ban This Article (Thank God)
Clampdown on clickbait ... and El Reg is OK with this
No, thank you. I will not code for the Caliphate
Some assignments, even the Bongster decline must
Barnes & Noble: Swallow a Samsung Nook tablet, please ... pretty please
Novelslab finally on sale with ($199 - $20) price tag
Banking apps: Handy, can grab all your money... and RIDDLED with coding flaws
Yep, that one place you'd hoped you wouldn't find 'em
Video of US journalist 'beheading' pulled from social media
Yanked footage featured British-accented attacker and US journo James Foley
Primetime precrime? Minority Report TV series 'being developed'
I have to know. I have to find out what happened to my life
Netflix swallows yet another bitter pill, inks peering deal with TWC
Net neutrality crusader once again pays up for priority access
Judge nixes HP deal for director amnesty after $8.8bn Autonomy snafu
Lawyers will have to earn their keep the hard way, says court
Ex-IBM CEO John Akers dies at 79
An era disrupted by the advent of the PC
prev story

Whitepapers

Top 10 endpoint backup mistakes
Avoid the ten endpoint backup mistakes to ensure that your critical corporate data is protected and end user productivity is improved.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Backing up distributed data
Eliminating the redundant use of bandwidth and storage capacity and application consolidation in the modern data center.
The essential guide to IT transformation
ServiceNow discusses three IT transformations that can help CIOs automate IT services to transform IT and the enterprise
Next gen security for virtualised datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.