The Register heeft een artikel gepost met meer info over het tekort aan Intel BX en ZX chipsets. Het tekort kan grote gevolgen hebben voor PC en moederbord fabrikanten, zoals Abit:
"We were allotted about 60,000 chipsets by Intel," said Jeremy Smith of motherboard maker, Abit, "but we had requested about 200,000 [for this month], then after that there's nothing and we still need another 200,000. The discrepancy is huge."
Abit plans to send a delegation to Intel's US headquarters to discuss the situation soon, he added. Abit's maximum monthly output, which has been reached recently, is around 300,000 motherboards, Smith said. [break] Verder in het artikel reakties van Shuttle en AOpen. Aan conspiracy theoriŽn ook weer geen gebrek: Chin Wu, president van ALi, suggereert dat Intel de produktie van BX en ZX chipsets bewust heeft verlaagd, om zodoende produktie van i810 moederborden te pushen: [/break] Wu questioned the reasons for the continuing shortage, speculating that Intel may want motherboard manufacturers to start using the newer 810 chipset. The chipset has suffered technical problems, attracted criticism for poor performance, and been slow to win acceptance.
However, Intel has denied this and Jeremy Smith of Abit also disagreed. "We've been told by a contact at Intel that it's not that Intel's trying to force manufacturers over to the 810 and 820, but rather it was just a mis-forecasting... a misjudgment on their part."