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May 15, 2006 at 2:39 PM

Michael Dell’s “executive jewelry”

SAN DIEGO — The PC titan’s latest bling: a Latitude D410 with two mobile broadband radios — choose from WiMax, EV-DO or HSPA — for constant connectivity. Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are built-in as well. It goes on sale in about a month; the price wasn’t disclosed.

What’s on Michael’s desk? A desktop powering two 30-inch, 4.1 million pixel, $2,100 flat-screen monitors, a configuration “which I highly recommend, by the way,” he said during a conversation with Mark Anderson at FiRe.

What about iPods — will people choose a simple device over a multifunction machine like the Media Center PC? Anderson asked. Dell said iPods are driving demand for PCs because people want to do more with their digital music and videos. “I don’t think it’s going to be an either or; we are seeing pretty good demand,” Dell said.

Dell’s other spending includes $18 billion on procurement this year in China, where Dell has two factories. The company is also building one in India, where it’s increasing headcount from 10,000 to 20,000 over three years.

In India, “it’s not outsourcing because those people work for us.”

Do you do any outsourcing? Anderson asked. “We do some but most of what we do, we grow our business around the world,” Dell said.

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