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Timna mobos spotted in Taipei

Horseless carriage a loveless marriage

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Computex 2000 Several manufacturers are exhibiting Timna motherboard units at their suites in the Grand Hyatt next to the Computex Trade Fair.

But, as revealed earlier this week, the boards are like an old fashioned carriage without a horse. The Dobbin in question in this case is the Timna processor, which Intel confirmed will be unavailable to populate such mobos until Q1 next year.

Gigabyte has a Timna board in its suite at the Hyatt, and there is a possibility that the specification, which has not yet been finalised, will utilise double data rate (DDR) memory rather than the SDRAM that most people expected.

The existence of infrastructure support for the Timna chip indicates the extent to which the Taiwanese manufacturers are in thrall to Intel, and to a lesser extent, Advanced Micro Devices (AMD).

The firms have to spend considerable amounts of money and devote R&D resources never really knowing until the last minute whether the chip is going to turn up to the party at time.

They are cheesed off with Intel big time. But what can they do? ®

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