Dean Kent van Real World Technologies maakt ons weer vrolijk met een verse industry update met veel info over de huidige stand van zaken op het gebied van chipsets, processors en geheugen.
Dean meldt dat de vraag naar i820 chipsets nog steeds uitermate klein is, wat hopelijk zal vebeteren als in juni de Camino II chipset met ATA/100, USB 2.0 en 3-RIMM en '2+2' memory support het licht zal zien:
Marketing theory aside, demand for the i820 chipset continues to be very weak, with several motherboard manufacturers claiming that they did not ship any i820 based boards in March. In discussing this, the Intel spokesperson admitted that acceptance hasn't been as great as Intel would have liked, mostly because of RDRAM pricing issues. An updated i820 (dubbed 'Camino II') is slated for release in Q2 (likely June) which will include ATA/100 and USB 2.0, as well as mobile (low-power) features. This chipset will also apparently allow for the 3-RIMM and '2+2' memory support (SDRAM and RDRAM on the same board) that the original i820 was supposed to provide.
[break]In diezelfde maand staat ook de i815 chipset met PC133 SDRAM support op het schema maar er gaan sterke geruchten de ronde dat tot september alleen de grote OEMs shipments zullen ontvangen .[/break] Also scheduled for the June timeframe is the Solano (i815) chipset, which will have PC133 SDRAM support, ATA/100, USB 2.0 and will have integrated graphics. This is a highly anticipated chipset, not only because it will be Intel's first chipset officially supporting PC133 memory, but also because it will support an AGP 4x graphics card that will override the on-board graphics adapter. Even though 'volume shipments' are scheduled in June, some motherboard manufacturers have indicated that Intel intends this chipset to initially be available only to OEMs, until September. This means that the DIY market may have to wait until Q4 for availability of motherboards using this chipset.
[break] VIA is mometeel hard bezig met het finishen van de KZ133 chipset die je dalijk nodig zal hebben om je Socket-A Athlon mee aan de praat te krijgen (Spitfire bijvoorbeeld). Zoals je weet is het helaas niet mogelijk om je Slot-A mobo door middel van een converter Slocket-A compatible te maken. Later zal VIA de KM133 introduceren met geďntegreerde Savage4 graphics.
Op het gebied van processors heeft Dean wat leuke info over de AMD Spitfire en Thunderbird klaarliggen:[/break]
Of course, the Spitfire also comes into play here, as it is intended for the 'value' segment, where the Celeron processor plays. Speeds on this chip are not expected to exceed 700MHz (perhaps a bit higher) in the short term, partly because there is little reason to do so (nothing faster than that expected from Intel) and partly for the same marketing reasons mentioned above. If the Thunderbird is playing at the high end (1GHz and beyond), and the Spitfire plays only at the low-end (700MHz and below), this leaves room for the K-75 to play in (700MHz to 900MHz+, most likely).
While AMD has been saying that both Thunderbird and Spitfire will be available in Q2, it seems that they mean late Q2 - or, near the end of June. Thunderbird is scheduled to be released first, with Spitfire debuting shortly thereafter. It is probably wise to plan for the fact that these processors will not be readily available until July, at the earliest.
[break]Zoals we maandag konden lezen heeft VIA officieel bekend gemaakt 266MHz DDR geheugen te gaan ondersteunen in toekomstige produkten.
Voor Rambus ziet het er helaas nog beroerd uit; prijzen blijven erg hoog, beschikbaarheid is klein en de toekomst is nog steeds erg vaag. Daarnaast is Rambus nog steeds verwikkeld in een patenten rechtszaak met Hitachi die niet echt wil opschieten:[/break] In an interesting development, Rambus followed up their lawsuit against Hitachi by requesting that all SDRAM parts by the company be restricted from importation into the U.S. Hitachi responded by claiming that Rambus is using predatory tactics, and that their patent claims are questionable, citing previous works by themselves and by JEDEC (which Rambus was a part of at one time). While nothing is ever certain in a courtroom, some who are familiar with these things consider the Rambus suit to be weak, and likely to be thrown out.
One thing is certain, however… Rambus has truly angered the memory industry by using these tactics. Though NEC has been looked at as the next major supplier of DRDRAM, they are in the process of merging with Hitachi, and the lawsuit could be creating some tension. An NEC spokesperson refused to comment on the issue at this time. Most other manufacturers are taking a 'wait and see' approach, not wanting to get on Rambus' bad side should the judgement be in Rambus' favor - however, sources say they are privately hoping Rambus fails miserably.
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