Will VIA bring the P4X266 chipset soon?
According to rumors, VIA's Pentium 4 DDR-RAM chipset has been ready for series production since March and should finally be officially announced at the beginning of June at the 'Computex Show' and then go into mass production. The serious delay of several months is easy to explain:
VIA is still waiting for the license from Intel, in order to be able to legally bring the chip onto the market with questionable components that might infringe patents (especially the BUS). However, Intel made no effort to grant this license as quickly as possible. Until a few weeks ago, VIA could live with this fact reasonably well: Pentium 4 processors were only sold in small numbers and therefore sales on the mainboard market were also rather modest. But now that the prices of the CPU are lower than ever, VIA senses big business and wants to deliver the chip to the mainboard manufacturers without a license. However, in order to stay within the legal framework, the company relies on an existing license agreement between Intel and S3, which allows the exchange of technologies between the companies. Since S3 is part of the VIA group, it is now of the opinion that these conditions would also apply to the parent company and that nothing stands in the way of introducing the chip. Ultimately, this time too, the courts will probably have to step in to finally regulate the licensing. In any case, well-known mainboard manufacturers have already announced boards with the P4X266 for autumn.