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As predicted, Intel's DDR-supporting chipset, 845D, made a sneak preview at Comdex yesterday. Chinese PC maker Legend showed off its QDI P2D-A motherboard based on the chipset.

Legend's board was shown running a P4 1.6GHz and 128MB DDR SDRAM. It will shipping worldwide from December for about $140, a spokesperson told PC World.

Intel currently has two chipsets available, the 850 and 845, supporting Rambus' RDRAM and regular SDRAM respectively. Due to an agreement with Rambus, it has not been able to officially launch a DDR-based product before the end of 2001.

Intel says it will ship the part at pretty much the same price as the current, PC133-based 845. That, coupled with its own admission that supplies of the 845 are likely to be very tight through November, suggests the company is moving quickly to shift the market's attention away from the single-rate SDRAM product to its double data rate successor.

It has been hinting for some time that it would ship the 845D to motherboard manufacturers this quarter, but hold off the part's official launch until early next year.

VIA, SiS and Acer all have motherboards supporting P4 chips and DDR memory. ®

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