SiS to slash Pentium 4 chipset prices
SiS' 645 to come in less than half the price of Intel's i845
In a bid to grab hold of the Pentium 4 chipset market, SiS will sell its 645 product for $18-20 - less than half the price of Intel's i845, which launched yesterday, and $11 cheaper than its nearest rival, Acer Labs' $31 Aladdin P4.
So claims DigiTimes, without citing sources and contradicting SiS' published price of $35. SiS has announced details of the 645, but volume shipments aren't expected to begin until the middle of September at the earliest. It's then, the Web site claims, that the price of the part will come down so sharply.
If it does, it's likely to prompt similar action from rival chipset vendors, though the legal fight between Intel and VIA may limit the latter's room for manoeuvre. Acer, VIA and SiS will be keen to build up support for their own, DDR-based parts before the DDR version of the i845 ships late Q4, just ahead of its early 2002 formal launch. ®