AMD in venture for Chinese school computers, servers

Advanced Micro Devices Inc. (AMD) entered into a joint venture to develop computers for use in Chinese schools, a move it hopes will boost its business in China, the U.S. chip maker said Tuesday.

The venture, with China’s Basic Education Software Co. Ltd. (CBE) is called the Beijing CBE AMD Information Technology Co. Ltd. and plans to develop student PCs, teacher PCs and a classroom server, AMD said in a statement.

The systems, meant for China’s IT education market, are planned to contain products from all of AMD’s three main product lines; x86-based microprocessors, embedded MIPS-based processors and flash memory chips, AMD said.

AMD hopes the joint venture with CBE will make it a preferred supplier in China and expand its participation on the local market, the Sunnyvale, California, company said.

CBE was formed in February last year by the Shanghai Shenhua Holdings Co. Ltd., the Beijing Normal University and the state-owned National Center for Curriculum and Text, according to AMD.

Financial details of the joint venture were not disclosed. The transaction is subject to regulatory approval.