Intel ships the i845D
Assumptions that Intel will start the 'second revision' of the Pentium 4 chipset i845, the i845D, this week now seem to come true.
After the i845 was supposed to open the way to the low-cost sector for the Pentium 4 through its support of SDRAM and hadn't really brought the hoped-for success due to rather poor performance values, the Long announced version i845D with DDR RAM support bring the desired breakthrough. The imminent delivery of the chip could provide for the first mainboards with i845D as early as December. However, the first problems are already homemade. The chipset is already overbooked, i.e. the demand exceeds the production capacity. With a price of $ 40 identical to the i845, Intel made the switch particularly lucrative for manufacturers. Corresponding motherboards will nevertheless cost a few dollars more due to a more complicated design.