In the second quarter of this year Taiwanese motherboard makers will begin volume shipments of motherboards based on the Intel Grantsdale 915 chipset.
The new motherboards support not only the LGA775 processors like Socket T Prescott but also the Entertainment PC concept that the chip giant unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in January.
Deliveries in the second quarter will allow PC makers to roll out Entertainment PCs in mid-2004 as scheduled, the sources said. The new PC, designed by Intel and featuring an Azalia audio functionality, will have a price tag of around US$799.
Asustek Computer will use the new motherboards for its next generation Digimatrix home media center, said the sources, adding that Gigabype Technology will follow suit and upgrade its small form-factor systems into the new PCs.