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ATI is ready to help Intel out of its chipset crunch

According to Intel senior vice president Anand Chandrasekher, the company's less than stellar first quarter was due to the termination of its entry-level chipsets. ATI, VIA and SIS picked up the slack when 845/865/915 supplies ran dry, but Intel still suffered from a self-inflicted wound.

Thanks to a chipset supply agreement with ATI, Intel is certain that the shortages of the past will not continue in the future. If Intel wants to combat any further inroads to be made by AMD, this is at least a start. Intel's Core architecture should take care of the rest. From DigiTimes:

The shortage of Intel chipsets has driven up rival AMD’s relative market share, as more equivalent chipsets for AMD-supported motherboards were produced by third-party suppliers, the sources said. Intel’s resumption of production of its 865 chipset is considered to be the chip giant’s first move to disrupt AMD’s share growth, according to the sources.

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By bpurkapi on 4/26/2006 2:53:24 AM , Rating: 3
So Intel is essentially blaming chipset shortages as its problem for not meeting it earnings goal?
Last time I went to Fry's, saw a Dell catalogue, or went to office depot I saw nothing but intels. In addition to that Amd's were still difficult to find. But I guess a big fortune 500 company like Intel can't be seen as being weak, they have to make excuses rather than the fact that Amd has been making cheaper and better chips. Keep this comment in the perspective of time, yes Intel's new chips are coming and many are sure to say they will be better but I don't make predictions about the future I can only comment on the past, and in the recent past Intel was beaten by Amd in Price/Performance showdown. Simple.

RE: What?
By ShapeGSX on 4/26/2006 11:12:34 AM , Rating: 2
Intel's top of the line "normal" chip, the Pentium D 950 (dual core 3.4GHz) is now just $335.
The 940 (dual core 3.2GHz) is $259.
Additionally, Intel offers a Pentium D 805 (dual core 2.66GHz) for $129.

AMD's cheapest dual core (3800+ X2 at 2.0GHz) is $297.
The 4200+ X2 is $357.
The 4400+ is $481.

I don't think you can accuse Intel of being more expensive anymore.

RE: What?
By rqle on 4/26/2006 11:18:51 AM , Rating: 2
Better chips, yes. Not necessary cheaper anymore. USED to be BOTH.
Ofcourse when you make better chips = better price/performance right, but AMD seem to move move away from what i remember was ULTRA price/performance.

RE: What?
By Trisped on 4/26/2006 12:27:11 PM , Rating: 2
The problem was when they got rid of the 845/865/915 North Bridge chips they also got rid of all Intel CPU capable boards with AGP and DDR. Since at the time AGP was still quite a bit cheaper then PCIE and DDR was faster and cheaper then DDR2 and the Intel CPU sucked, anyone who built a system would use AMD. Since all the techies were buying AMD, the encouraged there friends and families to do so also, if not verbally then by example.

It became a technology bottle neck for Intel PCs

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