Chipset Makers Rally Around Athlon 64, PCI Express
Third-party chipset suppliers look to have given their seal of approval to AMD's Athlon 64 microprocessor, based on the number of chipsets slated for launch next year.Third-party chipset suppliers have given their seal of approval to the Advanced Micro Devices Athlon 64 microprocessor, based on the number of chipsets slated to be launched next year. According to a recent presentation AMD made to its resellers, five chipset suppliersALI, ATI Technologies Inc., Nvidia Corp., Silicon Integrated Systems Inc. and Via Technologies Inc. have slated new Athlon 64 chipsets or refreshes of existing products early in 2004. The roadmaps were reported by DarkCrow, a Korean website. The authenticity of the slides was confirmed by an AMD spokeswoman, although she deferred specific questions about the third-party chipsets to their respective vendors.
Many chipset suppliers preannounced their plans on or before the Athlon 64 was launched in late September, according to analyst Dean McCarron, principal at Mercury Research, Cave Creek, Ariz. When the processors launch was pushed out by a month or two, most vendors either decided to refresh their products or waited until they thought the market was viable, he said.