Intel has resumed deliveries of its 915 chipsets, according to Taiwanese sources. The sales of these chips were suspended because they had found a defect in the ICH6 south bridge in some shipments. This concerns all chips produced between June 7 and June 14.
Although Intel informed local motherboard makers that it will recall all boards manufactured during the period between June 7 and June 14, it has yet to announce the recall price.
Motherboards to be recalled from Taiwanese first-tier motherboard makers, including Asustek Computer, Gigabyte Technology and Micro-Star International (MSI), are estimated to total 10,000 units each, according to sources at the makers.
As the number of defective boards is limited, Intel’s total cost for the recall should be around NT$100 million (US$3 million), said the sources.
Demand for 915-based motherboards may begin picking up in late July as local motherboard makers are expected to lower their prices following Intel’s planned July 18 price cuts on LGA775-pin Pentium 520 processors (2.8GHz) from US$178 to US$163, said the sources.