Despite earlier reports, there's plenty around, but it's only possible to gain rough estimates of how many processors AMD ships through its official channel, and how many trays are shipped direct to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs).
The best guestimate we can come up with is that 60 per cent goes through the channel, and 40 per cent by way of trays.
One major Asian distributor told the INQ that if you are a dealer of repute, and contact your AMD representative that you would like to be supplied with 144s and 146s, said chap or chapess will authorise the sale if necessary, and arrange for drop shipments from the Singapore centre of excellencies.
There has been a flurry of drop shipments of late because the market is "consuming" Opterons at such a rate that they cannot fill the godams (warehouses) fast enough, we understand.
Whatever the proportion of sales to OEMs and to distributors is, preferred partners are receiving quantities according to some internal prioritisation known only to AMD.
Talking to North American resellers, we understand that if you pester your AMD rep enough, things can be done. This is nothing to do with a rush to buy Opterons before Christmas. Opterons are used in mission critical systems and therefore are seasonless. µ
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