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SiS acquires Hyper-Threading license

SiS acquires Hyper-Threading license

The chipset manufacturer SiS has received a license from Intel to produce hyper-treading-compliant chipsets and, as in the past, is avoiding any conflicts with the processor giant.

However, the package does not yet contain the permission to manufacture FSB800 chipsets. Negotiations are still ongoing here. However, it still seems questionable whether Intel may charge new fees for a mere increase in the FSB with the same protocol. In any case, SiS is the first Intel competitor that is legally allowed to sell chipsets for Pentium 4 CPUs with Hyper-Threading and will therefore sell them. VIA, which have never acquired a license for a P4 chipset, is on the sidelines worldwide, as hardly any motherboard manufacturer wants to take the risk of having to crush boards equipped with VIA chips in a lawsuit won by Intel.

With AOpen, the first manufacturer has already presented a board based on the SiS655. The chipset offers FSB533 and dual DDR333 and could seriously compete with the Granite Bay (E7205 - Dual DDR266) and the Rambuschipset i850E.