Taiwan mobo makers caught in Intel chipset shortage

Fourth-quarter motherboard shipments from Taiwan motherboard makers might be affected by a shortage of Intel 865- and 845-series core-logic chipsets, according to sources at Taiwan motherboard makers. Efforts by Intel to force the PC industry to migrate to the 915 platform by reducing the supply of its 865 and 845 chipsets have caused the shortfall, the sources noted.

The problem is that 915-based motherboards currently account for just 10% of the Pentium 4 motherboards sold in the channel, while 865- and 845-based boards still remain the mainstream and account for 80% of the market, said the sources. Weekly demand for the 865- and 845-series chipsets at some leading makers, including Asustek Computer and Gigabyte Technology, currently outstrips allotted supply by about 100,000 chipsets, the sources stated.

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News source: DigiTimes

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