AMD sent a letter to some of its partners stating it expects tight supply of some of its desktop processors, including the Athlon 64 3500+, 3800+, X2 3800+ and the Sempron 2600+ as well as 2800+.
An AMD spokeswoman acknowledged shortages in the low-end desktop space but would not comment on specific model numbers. In a statement e-mailed to CRN, the spokeswoman said: "AMD is experiencing unprecedented demand for our desktop processors and this unprecedented demand has depleted our supply of packaging components."
AMD is working with packaging suppliers – those that manufacturer the components that house the CPU silicon -- to ease the shortage. The spokeswoman said AMD has had no problems manufacturing enough silicon to meet current demand and feels confident that all sales requests can be met by the first quarter of 2006.