Feeds

VIA talks to Intel about P4 licence…

...even though it already claims it has the rights to it

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

VIA is going to produce a Pentium 4 chipset based on DDR SDRAM, whatever Intel thinks about it, the Taiwanese company admitted at CeBit last week.

Interestingly, VIA is talking to Intel about its plans, according to Shane Dennison, one of its marketing managers, cited by eWeek. "Of course, we'd like to go the proper route," he said. "We're currently in negotiations with Intel, but we feel we're in a strong position to go forward with this."

Dennison's comments sound bullish, but they're nevertheless a step back from VIA's previous stance that it already has rights to P4 thanks to the IP assets it acquired by buying S3's graphics chip business. Chipzilla rumbles and roars that the Taiwanese chipset maker is wrong, very wrong.

Still, VIA's DDR-supporting PX266 is due later this year, alongside similar parts from SiS and Acer Labs, both of which have already licensed the right to support P4 from Intel.

Interestingly, VIA recently said it will bundle DDR memory produced by one of its sister companies, Nanya, with its chipsets. And Ken Hurley, the head of Nanya's US and European operations, told us yesterday that with 128MB PC-2100 DDR DIMMs down to $79 a pop, the memory technology will rapidly become the dominant format in the P4 PC market.

Chipzilla itself won't support DDR until Q1 2002, when it introduces a DDR version of Brookdale, the non-Rambus P4 chipset it will roll-out early Q3. Brookdale will initially support PC-133 SDRAM and is designed to accelerate P4 sales. Which may now prove harder than Intel reckons given the state of the PC market right now, ahem. ®

Related Story

Intel deems SiS worthy of P4 chipset licence

Whitepapers

Gartner critical capabilities for enterprise endpoint backup
Learn why inSync received the highest overall rating from Druva and is the top choice for the mobile workforce.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Rethinking backup and recovery in the modern data center
Combining intelligence, operational analytics, and automation to enable efficient, data-driven IT organizations using the HP ABR approach.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
Next gen security for virtualised datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.