Intel pushes Pentium 4 production
Instead of the originally planned 15 million CPUs, Intel is apparently planning to increase its production and manufacture 20 million P4s. Possible consequences of this could be profit losses until the P4 can be manufactured in 0.13μ technology. Intel receives support from the inexpensive Brookdale chipset, which is due to appear in the second half of the year, and whose most important feature is the support of SDRAM.
An extended variant of the Brookdale chipset for DDR SDRAM should not appear until 2002 but follow asap. Until Brookdale arrives, however, Intel will have to rely on Direct Rambus DRAM. Here, Samsung could prove to be a savior in an emergency, as this company has developed a process to reduce the production costs of DDRRAM by 20%. In any case, the end user can be curious what will happen on the market in the near future, because AMD is now asked to counter the clear attack by Intel.