Intel launches processors too frequent, according to second-tier motherboard makers. They complain that they can't keep up:
Within just a few months in 2006, Intel introduced over 40 CPU models, according to the chipmaker's calculation.
Motherboard makers expect Intel to continue frequent CPU launches in 2007, as advances in technology processes will shorten the cycle of CPU development, and the chipmaker will be as eager to defend its market as it was during 2006, the sources said.
Motherboards makers already started preparations for Intel's 2007 launches. To not lag behind Intel's launches, they have to invest more in their product development, which will be a heavy burden for second-tier players, the sources said.