Randy Wilhems who is vice president of Intel's desktop platform group and general manager of the company's client platform division was in Taipei this week to promote the company his upcoming Grantsdale chipset.
One of the concerns he adressed was the DDR2 supply. Companies like Micron, Infineon and Elpida are to cooperate with Intel he said, and will ramp up their DDR2 production in Q3 of this year.
About the price he did not say a word, but according to Taiwanese motherboard makers DDR2 chips will cost 100% over the current DDR memory modules.
Taiwanese makers said they will initially launch Grantsdale-based motherboards with a dual mode that supports both DDR and DDR2 to avoid possible shortages in the supply of DDR2 chips.
DDR2 memory is not likely to become a mainstream choice until 2005, local board makers said.