In the fourth quarter of this year Intel will restart production of its entry level 865GV chipset as the chip giant has noticed huge demand from the channel market for this chipset. In addition, the debut of the high-end 975X has been pushed forward from Q1 2006 to the middle of November!
The renewed production of Intel’s integrated 865GV chipset will adhere to lead-free requirements as required under the EU’s Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) legislation, which will take effect on July 1, 2006, sources at motherboard makers pointed. The mainstream 915 series is expected to be phased out of the market from the fourth quarter, while Intel attempts to accelerate migration to DDR2-supporting 945 chipsets, the sources suggested.
Sources at motherboard makers claim Intel began supplying its 975X chipsets to motherboard makers earlier this month, in order to counter AMD's recent expansion into the channel market.
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