Wederom nieuwe bewijzen dat Intel moederplank fabrikanten onder druk zet om geen Athlon borden op de markt te planten. Deze Usenet posting is afkomstig van een Epox reseller:
As an Epox mainboard reseller, I just received this from the Epox general agent in Sweden. Check it out:
Based on VIA K7 both south bridge and north bridge, we expect to have a first sample at beginning of Feb 2000 I suggest not to promote this time the reason is :
1.) It takes almost 3 months to release it into the market from EPOX.
2.) Because we are now doing the good relationship with Intel. And AMD is a competitior of Intel and they told us not to release it. Therefore, we don't want to break it just because K7 market but think about how many CPU released in the market now.
3.) As you know, VIA was been accused in 693A chipset (FSB 133MHz) by Intel and because FIC is selling some quantity of K7 M/B now so now they have some trouble in USA when FIC sold VIA 693A M/B. We don't want to become next one, right?
Okay, now I don't know if this information is valid, but if it is, I guess you all can figure what it means...