The Computex show in Taiwan next week will showcase Intel's "Grantsdale" and "Alderwood" chipsets, just a few weeks before their official launch. ATI Technologies and rival Nvidia Corp. are also expected to discuss and show off versions of their graphics cards designed for the PCI Express standard, which will debut within Intel's chipsets. Rival chipset makers like Via Technologies will present their own offerings, and Taiwan's motherboard community should push further into standard product offerings, including unbranded "whitebooks" that channel partners can customize.
Because so much of the world's technology production flows through the island, courting Taiwan corporations became essential years ago. Virtually all of the world's motherboards are made there, and Taiwan is also the center of the world's semiconductor foundry industry, whose fabs are used by the chip industry's smaller vendors to produce their chips.
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