It will have some impact on Intels bottom linegiven that while such high-end components ship in smaller volumes, they also go for higher pricesbut the chip maker was fortunate that the delays happening in the second quarter, as opposed to the third or fourth quarters, when computer sales peak, he said. But delays that last long can be a problem for manufacturers, Enderle said. Advanced Micro Devices Inc., of Sunnyvale, Calif., was scheduled to release the desktop version of its new Hammer architecture before the end of last year. However, that chipthe Athlon 64now will start shipping in September.Now Athlon 64 will launch around the same time that Intel comes out with its Prescott chip, which industry observers expect to become Pentium 5. Latest Stories by Jeffrey Burt:
"If theyd had put it out when they were supposed to, they would have had a big jump on Intel, which didnt have anything like it at the time," Enderle said.