Na VIA heeft nu ook SiS een licentie genomen op het P6 chip design van Intel. Moederplanken met de VIA BX kloon zijn tot nu toe niet bepaald succesvol, het matige design van die chipsets heeft vergeleken met de BX chipset van Intel een performance daling van 11% tot gevolg. We mogen hopen dat SiS met iets beters op de proppen komt.
Genoeg gebla, hier het nieuwsartikel van News.com:
Silicon Integrated Systems has landed a licensing deal with Intel that will further open up the PC component market as well as potentially weaken the case being prepared by the Federal Trade Commission.
The deal itself is fairly straightforward, but could have fairly far-reaching implications, as previously reported.
Under the terms of the agreement, Taiwan-based SiS obtains the right to make chipsets that are compatible with the Intel "P6" architecture, a core element of Celeron, Pentium II and Pentium III-based PCs. The chipset is one of the crucial components of a PC and server computers, as the communications conduit for data between the processor and other PC components.
Until recently, Intel held a monopoly in the P6 chipset market. In December, however, the company signed a P6 licensing agreement with Via Technologies and was negotiating with SiS. Both companies pay an undisclosed royalty to Intel. Sources, however, estimate that the royalty exceeds $2 on each chipset, a product which ordinarily sells in the $20 to $30 range.
With three companies manufacturing chipsets, the cost of making P6-based computers could go down, say analysts, because there will be a wider variety of components. In turn, this will increase pressure on AMD. AMD-based computers use a different, and less expensive, system bus architecture, which has been one of the company's selling points. Intel will still likely hold a financial edge on its competitors. Both Via and SiS, after all, will be paying royalties. Still, these deals could expand the market at the expense of the other processor vendors.