DigiTimes heard that Intel's 915 platform may become mainstream this quarter as the free on board price of 915 chipset based motherboards is expected to fall below $80. Cheaper PCI Express graphics cards may even further boost demand.
But another reason for the 915 moving to mainstream is a short supply of the 845 and 865 chipsets.
Intel has backtracked on previous statements and admitted there is currently a shortage of the two chipset series, but the chip giant has informed its customers that the shortage, especially for the 865 series, will continue through the third quarter, the sources indicated.
Taiwanese chipset manufacturers, including SiS, VIA and ULi, have also benefited from the shortage.