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Lenovo's Matthew Zielinski: Intel Shortage Could Last Through End Of 2020, 'More Acceptance' For AMD

Matthew Zielinski, head of Lenovo's PC business in North America, says the Intel CPU constraints may not be fully resolved until the third or fourth quarter—but AMD is picking up some of the slack.

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Zielinski On The Record

Production of PCs at global market leader Lenovo has almost fully ramped back up following the COVID-19 outbreak in China earlier this year, which is helping to fulfill the surge in demand for PCs created by the widespread shift to work-from-home, according to Matthew Zielinski, president of Lenovo's North America Intelligent Devices Group. However, the rebound in PC production may still be hampered by the ongoing Intel CPU shortage, which could last through the end of 2020, Zielinski said in an interview with CRN. "I don't see that getting 100 percent better until probably, if I were to guess right now, the third calendar quarter of the year or the fourth calendar quarter," he said.

However, Lenovo has been able to compensate for some of the Intel shortage with devices that run chips from AMD, which customers are increasingly open to buying, said Zielinski--who noted that he was previously the corporate vice president of OEM sales at AMD before coming to Lenovo in early 2018. "Every month, we are seeing incrementally more acceptance for AMD--at the SMB level, at the corporate level, at the public sector level," Zielinski said.

What follows is an edited portion of CRN's interview with Zielinski.

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