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AMD Adds Partners To Validated Server Program As x86 Market Share Increases

Advanced Micro Devices Tuesday said it added three systems builders to its validated server program (VSP), as the chip maker continues to pick up market share against arch-rival Intel.

SuperMicro, Tyan Computer and Uniwide Technologies will begin offering server-based products under AMD's VSP this quarter, according to AMD. They join Newisys, a wholly owned subsidiary of Sanmina-SCI, which began offering validated products at the program's inception in June 2003.

The system builders must put server products through a battery of tests for quality and compatibility, longevity and stability as well as provide a satisfactory level of service and support, according to AMD.

The program comes as AMD continues to take heat from its system builder partners for the quality of third-party motherboards that are available for its CPUs. Though partners have lobbied for AMD to make its own motherboards to help control quality, AMD's chairman and CEO Hector Ruiz said during a recent analyst conference that the company will not get into that business.

Executives at Nvidia said they also have been hearing the quality complaints from systems builders. As a result, the maker of chipsets and graphic processors recently started the Nvidia Business Platform, a program that certifies motherboards from four major manufacturers to help address quality issues.

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