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Roadmap The 820 chipset, formerly code-named Camino, will be relegated to a backwater by the Intel Corp from the end of this year, as the firm's aggressive Pentium 4 strategy kicks in.

It will not be sadly missed, especially by Intel itself, as it was defects in this chipset which gave the semiconductor company several reasons not to be cheerful for nearly two years.

The first signs that all was not well with the Camino psyche came when it was delayed from the beginning of 1999 until Autumn 1999. Then when it did come, it forced a recall of motherboards using it, as well as a whole load of trouble as Intel tried to produce one version for synchronous memory and another for Rambus.

Last year, Intel was forced to recall Rambus version because of a problem in the memory translator hub. Its big brother, the 840 (Carmel) chipset, was designed by another team and obviously has a better horoscope than Caminogate.

Chipset roadmaps we saw earlier this week clearly spell out that the 820E, is only likely to survive for around eight weeks during next year.

Here are the prices and other details of Intel's mobile and desktop chipsets which underline its underpinning strategy for 2001.

On the 31st of December, the 860 will cost $84 and on the 31st of March 2001 $82. The 850 will cost $56.50 and $53 in March. The 840-DP will cost $51 at the end of December and $50 at the end of March.

The 820E, sniff, will cost $31 on the 31st December and $31 on the 31st March. The 815 will cost $31.50 on the 31st of December and $31.50 at the end of March, but later this chipset will reincarnate as a Tualatin .13 micron enabled B Step. That will happen with the 815E and the 815EP too.

The 810 will cost $18.25 on the 31st of December and the same on the 31st of March, so it's not long for the burning either. The 810E will cost $24 and $23.50 in March, and the 810E2 $27 on the 31st of December and $26.50 at the end of March.

On the mobile front, the 815EM will cost $43.50 on the 31st of December and $43 on the 31st of March. Intel's plan is to introduce the Almador-M chipset and scale it over its notebook range. It will launch at $49.50. All prices are when people buy 1000. ®

Other Intel leaks this week

Intel's notebook strategies and prices for 2001
Intel pushes Rambus hard in 2001
Pentium 4 and Pentium III pricing until June
Tualatin and Celeron pricing in 2001
Chipset pricing from Chipsetzilla
Pentium III not long for this world
Intel to slash P4 prices January 28 An earlier, November roadmap
Foster, Xeon prices and strategies leak

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