Beschuldigingen dat Intel moederplank fabrikanten chanteert om - onder dreiging van drooglegging van de BX/ZX chipset supply - geen Athlon borden te produceren, worden ontkent door zowel Intel als AMD, zo bericht The Register:
Rana Mainee, AMD's European research director, said: "We do not know of any outright pressure." Market perception as AMD rolled out its Athlon K7 products may have been that there was not enough motherboard support, but, Mainee said, his company was pleased with the way things were going.
He said that all of AMD's original motherboard partners, including Gigabyte, had performed well, while newer partners, such as GVC had moved faster than expected to support the Athlon. Two or three other new partners had also exceeded AMD's expectations, he added.
"On the whole, we've cleared this hurdle from a market perception point of view," he said.