AMD has announced the expansion of AMD Validated Solutions (AVS) to include four new platforms based on the new AMD 690G chipset.

This expansion brings the total number of platforms available through AVS to eight. Incorporating 3D graphics and optimised for the full-featured versions of the Windows Vista operating system including the Aero interface, the new motherboards can help AMD channel partners to quickly and affordably create differentiated, industry-leading commercial desktop solutions with the confidence of longevity, validation and support.
          As part of the evolution of AVS, the four new AVS-validated and supported motherboards join four existing platforms that combine to offer unprecedented choice in building commercial desktop systems. T
he new motherboards are based on the recently-introduced AMD 690G chipset – AMD’s first chipset with the industry-leading features of ATI Radeon X1250 graphics. The motherboards, which adhere to the AVS 15-month stability requirement, are designed to provide the ultimate Windows Vista Premium/Business experience.
“The ongoing mission of the AVS program is to offer our channel partners a choice of leading-edge platform options, and today’s news marks a major milestone in this endeavor,” says Gautam Srivastava, vice-president, sales & marketing and MD for Middle East, Africa (MEA) & Pakistan at AMD.
“We’ve removed much of the guesswork and time of building, selling and supporting commercial desktop computers based on AMD64 technology by providing AMD validated and tested platforms from four leading vendors.”
          Motherboard providers Asus International, EliteGroup Computer Systems (ECS), Micro-Star International (MSI), as well as new participant Gigabyte Technology, now offer AVS commercial desktop platforms to the  channel.
Members of the AMD Solution Provider Program receive the benefits of AVS, including:
* Telephone technical support for AVS motherboards;
* Motherboard return service; and
*  Access to the online Solution Provider Support site 24 x 7.
AMD 690 Series chipsets are designed to deliver a rich Windows Vista Premium experience, handling the Aero user interface and demanding workloads with ease. Delivering a highly stable and reliable experience for commercial use, businesses have the peace of mind of a highly capable platform.
Coupled with the latest AMD processors, the AMD 690 Series chipsets offer an exceptional experience in today’s graphics and video applications on an integrated platform. For the first time ever on an AMD chipset, the AMD 690 Series features ATI Avivo technology for the most vibrant images and smoothest video playback for multimedia applications for the office.
With more display choices than ever before, the AMD 690 Series is the first chipset with integrated HDMI and an integrated DVI output, making the AMD 690 chipset the platform of choice for commercial applications.