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Bron: Real World Technologies

Dean Kent van Real World Technologies heeft een erg interessant artikeltje in elkaar geschroefd, met een update over de ontwikkelingen op moederbord, chipset, processor en DRAM gebied. Hier een hap over Athlon chipsets:

Early on, it appeared that the AMD chipset issues were not a reason for major concern, because VIA was supposed to have their chipset out by October. Since then, the earthquake in Taiwan and the sluggish market demand has caused them to focus on their Slot 1 chipsets. In fact, with the introduction of the Apollo Pro133A chipset early this week, sources close to VIA have reported that resources are being diverted from the KX133 chipset so that VIA can take advantage of the BX chipset shortage. VIA reportedly expects to ship 3 million chipsets in October - which would be a new record for them. The most recent information indicates that the KX133 will probably not happen until Q1 '00

This situation may cause more problems for AMD in the short run. Though AGP 4x and PC133 are mostly marketing hype, rather than real performance enhancements, the lack of these features on the AMD 750 chipset has many manufacturers worried. The fear is that when consumers compare i810E chipset based boards with AMD 750 chipset based boards, they will see the i810E as a higher-end board! AMD has indicated that they will not do 'incremental' improvements to their chipset - which AGP 4x and PC133 are. Instead, they will only make changes when 'major' improvements are necessary, such as adding DDR support. AMD has mentioned SiS as a possible Athlon chipset provider, but so far no official word has been given on this.

On the positive side, if AMD is able to hold on until the KX133 chipset is available, it will not only include the 'marketing' features, but will allow manufacturers to build 4-layer boards, which will reduce the selling price to around $100 (as opposed to about $170 currently). [break] Verder zegt-ie onder andere dat we op de 25ste van deze maand een Athlon 750 mogen verwachten. Een 800MHz exemplaar staat ook voor de deur: [/break] Unofficial word from AMD indicates that an 800MHz Athlon is not a question of 'if', but simply a question of when.

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