Intel move to PC-133 mere lip service
i820 won't have it, while special chipset won't have Rambus
Intel Developer Forum A press conference at the forum has revealed that Intel's commitment to PC-133 is essentially a lack of commitment. (Earlier story: Intel in full cunning strategic retreat from PC-133) The upcoming i820 Camino chipset will not have PC-133 support, and Intel appears to be saying that it will introduce a special chipset sometime next year which will only support PC-100 and PC-133. That is despite the fact that i820 has SDRAM support for PC-100 and Taiwanese mobo makers have successfully made PC-133 run with chipsets, such as Via's, which compete with Intel. Intel is in litigation with Via over alleged violation of its patents. Peter MacWilliams, an Intel Fellow, said at a press conference earlier today that the company thought that there was no real performance boost from moving from PC-100 to PC-133. He claimed that people only wanted PC-133 SDRAM because bigger numbers appealed to them. "One of the biggest advantages is that people look at numbers and PC-133 is a bigger number than 100," he said. "We support PC-133 because our OEMs and DRAM vendors asked us to do it." Intel would not join the PC-133 Association started by Via. MacWilliams revealed that Intel was looking at DDR memory for the large server market. ®
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