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Intel to release Brookdale ‘earlier than October’

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Intel aims to release the 845 chipset which enables cheaper memory to run with Pentium 4, "earlier than October," Bill M Siu, an Intel veep, told Bloomberg.

This is good news for system builders - and punters - if Intel succeeds in turning this goal into a reality. An August or September launch means that cheaper motherboards featuring the 845 chipset will be ready in time for the crucial pre-Christmas build-and-buy season.

Better known under its Brookdale codename, the 845 allows mobo makers to use PC133 DRAM with their P4 motherboards, This is about one quarter of the price of Rambus RDRAM, currently the solus memory technology provider.

Next year, the 845 should work with DDR-DRAM, a head-on but cheaper competitor to RDRAM. All in all, not exactly inspiring news for Rambus shareholders.

Intel is showing off the 845 at Computex this week. ®

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