Intel awards ALi P4 chipset licence

Gene pool deepens

Intel has extended Acer Labs'(ALi)chipset licensing rights to the Pentium 4.

ALi, part of the Acer Group of Taiwan, already has rights to make chipsets for Pentiums II and III, so the agreement, confirmed yesterday, is not entirely unexpected.

The company joins Canadian graphics chip maker ATi as an Intel P4 chipset licencee. VIA, the world's biggest chipset maker, has said for months that it too is developing a P4 chipset, but it hasn't secured Intel's signature - yet.

ALi, in common with VIA, is a leading proponent of the DDR DRAM memory standard. So an obvious inference to draw, is that the company will make DDR-supported chipsets for the Pentium 4.

Intel is committed to RDRAM-only support for its own P4 chipsets, under its current licensing agreement with Rambus inc, the memory IP play. The company is targeting a Q1, 2002 launch date for Brookdale, its DDR-supporting Pentium 4 chipset, internal roadmaps reveal. In the meantime it is promoting the Pentium 4, Rambus chipset and all, with discounts and a massive $300 million worldwide advertising campaign. ®

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