Possible cause for the GeForce3 delay
As we reported yesterday, experts are already expecting delivery bottlenecks for Intel's upcoming CPU generations due to the insufficient number of production cities for 0.13 µm chipsets. Now, however, the delay in the GeForce3 is also attributed to this cause.
nVidia is the first manufacturer to manufacture the new GPU using the highly complex 0.15 µm technology and, like Intel, does not seem to be sufficiently compatible To have factories available for serial production. TSMC, one of the leading producers of such chips, is, according to experts, already busy with orders from VIA and other well-known manufacturers, so that the quantities desired by nVidia cannot be achieved. However, it is all the more surprising that Prolink Microsystems, a relatively small manufacturer, is already offering GeForce3 cards for sale in Japan.