Intel / ATI: "License is not revoked"

Written by Tim Smalley

July 26, 2006 | 13:35

Tags: #1100 #bus #chipset #country #fabs #future #grant #license #manufacturing #motherboard #plans #radeon #rd600 #removed #xpress

Companies: #ati #intel

Representatives from both Intel and ATI have responded to the rumours regarding Intel's removal of ATI's chipset license, orignally appearing on The Inquirer last Monday.

Phil Eisler, Senior Vice President and General Manager at ATI said that "there is no truth in the rumour that Intel has pulled ATI's chipset license. We will continue to ship Intel chipsets under license."

Intel insiders also confirmed that the license had not been revoked. ATI is still expected to supply Radeon Xpress 1100 chipsets for Intel's Grant Country motherboard, slated for release later this year.

Just yesterday, DFI confirmed that it still plans to release a LANParty motherboard based on the RD600 chipset later this year and it has not received any notification to say that ATI's RD600 plans had changed.

Neither of these reports go into detail about plans beyond the end of the year though. Intel is ramping up its chipset production after last year's shortages - one major reason why it called on ATI for its low-end motherboards with integrated graphics.

After speaking to representatives from Intel's chipset division at this year's Computex trade show, we got the impression that the company isn't going to be short of chipsets in the future. The chip giant is taking the necessary measures to ensure that there will not be a shortage of this magnitude again - all of its upcoming chipsets will be fabbed in the old 90-nanometre CPU fabs and it is building new fabs to keep ahead of the demand curve.

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