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Intel admits DDR i845 will ship early (ish)

Mobo makers fiddle while Louis Burns

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It looks like our take on the reports that Intel will be shipping the DDR version of its i845 Pentium 4 chipset early were right.

The chip giant is going to ship the next version of Brookdale in Q4 this year - as opposed to the official, roadmapped timeframe the following quarter. But that's only so mobo makers can be made ready for the big Q1 2002 launch.

Claims that Intel might be releasing the DDR i845 early were made a week or so back by Taiwanese mobo makers and PC OEMs. That tied in with tangential comments made by memory company Hynix that Intel's support for DDR was stronger than its Q1 2002 deadline suggested.

On second thoughts, we wondered if the talk of i845 coming in Q4 might simply be yet another example of shipping parts well ahead of their official debut in order to ensure customers could announce product all at the same time. It does it with processors, so why not chipsets too?

And that appears to be what's happening with the DDR i845, according to comments made by Intel's desktop products chief, Louis Burns, to EBN. We ship to give customers plenty of time to ensure their products work with ours, was the gist of what Burns said. But really it's all about spinning up the launch. ®

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