Digitimes Taiwan heeft een artikel gepost over de niet zo frisse methodes waarmee Intel Taiwanese mobo fabrikanten ervan hoopt te weerhouden om VIA en Slot-A planken te bouwen. Het artikel is niet leesbaar voor ons polderbewonders, maar gelukkig heeft Ace's Hardware een engelstalige samenvatting:
. . . or be prepared to receive capital punishment. Well, that's what this Ctech Taiwan editorial is trying to say. According to Digitimes Taiwan, Taiwanese motherboard makers are very much shaken up by Intel's sueing VIA and FIC. Some are so scared that they put in some effort in trying to brown-nose Intel. First and the most obvious is of course the production of K7 motherboard. While most of the motherboard makers are impressed by the performance of K7, they dare not openly support AMD. So instead of selling K7 motherboards using their own brands, some motherboard makers are using other/local brand names in places like Japan and China. Then there is the shortage of BX chipsets. An unnamed motherboard maker reportedly got a copy of a competitor's catalog, and then highlighted items that would piss off Intel, such as "K7", "PC133' etc. and sent that to Intel, in hope that Intel would now ship less chipsets to that competitor. Also, after Intel started the suit against FIC, a high level personnel from another motherboard maker immediately contacted the media to announce its loyal support for Intel, and that it will use more Intel than VIA chipsets. And last but not least, there is the poor FIC. Even though they are pissed at Intel, they dare not do anything too drastic. Instead of protesting by not using Intel's chipset, they could only say that they will still use Intel chipset according to need of the market.
Personally, all these are just too damn ugly and disgusting. . .