American Technology Research analyst Doug Freedman learned Intel has trouble with the FCC certification of its upcoming Montevina Centrino platform:
One, Freedman says the company had a “mis-step in the completion of FCC certification” for the next-generation Centrino processor with support for the 802.11n Wi-Fi standard. “Without the certification,” he contends, “the CPUs can only be sold outside the U.S.” He says the impact of the issue is likely to be a slower ramp of 802.11n, as the new Montevina chipset can ship with processors that support 802.11 a/b/g.
Additionally, the firm also has issues with the integrated graphics of the Montevina platform:
He says failures are occurring at notebook OEMs. Freedman says the company’s options are to screen for failures in completed systems or to retest the chips at Intel. “It is too early to measure the impact to the launch until the severity of the issue is understood in terms of percentage of output affected,” he writes. “We believe the potential impact is to lower-end systems as higher-end notebooks are designed with discrete graphics cards. In fact, the impact on INTC is a possible improvement in mix within the chipset business; however, it is offset by the yield loss related to the functional issues.”