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First i865 (Springdale) deliveries this quarter

First i865 (Springdale) deliveries this quarter

Intel's decision to increase the front-side bus of the Pentium 4 processors directly from 533 MHz to 800 MHz was certainly a surprise for the chipset competition. In no time at all, ALi, SIS and VIA had to rearrange their plans for the future and will therefore only be able to come up with new products late.

At Intel it looks different, after all, they have known their own plans for a little longer and so the development work on the i845PE successor, the i865 (code name Springdale) , is part of it Dual channel DDR400 support, already very advanced. It is therefore not surprising that Intel will start shipping chipsets from the Springdale family (i865G, i865P and i865PE) as early as this quarter. This leaves enough time for the mainboard manufacturer to complete the product design in order to be able to show off with the appropriate mainboards in time for the start of the new Pentium 4 processors. The need for motherboards with suitable Intel chipsets should thus be as good as guaranteed. With the competition, on the other hand, things are not looking quite so rosy .