The publication cites Taiwan-based sources in the passive component industry as witnessing an aggressive increase in orders for high-capacitance multi-layer ceramic capacitors (MLCCs) supposedly en-route for an AMD-based Apple notebook.
In supporting its claims, the publication cites statements by AMD chief executive Hector Ruiz, who in September said Apple would eventually become one of AMD’s customers. It also notes the recent merger between AMD and ATI Technologies as making the “speculation more convincing,” because the graphics solutions specialist has been a longtime partner of Apple’s.
I don’t think this will happen anytime soon, tough. I don’t think Apple will differentiate its product line that much, especially since it has only recently started to use Intel chips on Macs.
Still, if ever this pushes through, then we can probably expect less-expensive MacBooks and MacBook Pros, with better integration with ATI graphics chipsets, which MacBook Pros currently use.