Intel is on track to launch its 946GZ and 946PL low-end chipsets in the second quarter of this year. These chipsets will replace the 945GZ and 945PL chipsets.
Intel positioned its 945/955 chipsets, which appeared in the second half of 2005, as the mainstream solutions for the dual-core Pentium 4 platform. However, at the end of 2005, the company announced its 975 model to replace the 955. Motherboard makers are now saying that the availability of so many chipsets is complicating production planning and they need time to adjust.