Taiwanese motherboard makers claim not only Intel's entry-level 915 chipset but now also the high-end 945G line faces a tight supply. Last week Intel said it will invest $345 in two of its U.S. wafer manufacturing to boost chipset production capacity, this project should be completed in the second half of 2007.
Motherboard makers believe that an Intel chipset shortage will be tough to sort out in the next six-months and expect that 90nm-made chipsets will not overtake the current mainstream 0.13-micron segment by the third quarter of 2007.
In addition, tight supply of the popular SiS661 chipset from SiS for the mainstream market will not ease in October, despite an earlier SiS estimate, motherboard makers commented. The makers added that the shortage of the series is expected to ease in November.