X48 chipset possibly delayed

Subject: Chipsets | December 18, 2007 - 09:13 AM |
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This is interesting news considering that we had at least one motherboard partner attempt to send us an X48-chipset motherboard this month.  I say "attempt" because the board didn't show up because "sales took it back" or something.  Perhaps then that is indicative of this delay on the chipset?  Perhaps Intel didn't want to piss off the motherboard vendors that bought tons of X38 product quite yet??

Intel was originally going to launch the X48 chipset in
January next year, however the company may postpone the chipset launch
by 1-2 months because one of the first-tier motherboard makers still
holds a large volume of X38 chipset inventory, according to sources at
motherboard makers.

The motherboard maker fears that
the X48 chipset will slow down clearance of its X38 chipset inventory
and has negotiated with Intel to delay the launch of its X48 chipset.
However the delay is expected to hurt makers who do not have an
overstock X38 chipsets.

Each motherboard maker has
already received X48 A1 test samples from Intel and sent back 10
motherboards for debugging. The original mass production schedules were
set between the end of 2007 and beginning of 2008.

In
addition to DDR3 1600 memory support, the X48 chipset will also support
Intel XMP (extreme memory profile) technology, to automatically
optimize performance with memory modules that support XMP.

Source: Digitimes
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