Intel cuts delivery of 533 FSB processors to distributors
Intel, in an effort to promote wide acceptance of the 800MHz FSB (front-side
bus) standard, is cutting back deliveries of its 533MHz FSB CPUs to distributors,
according to The Digitimes.
Distributors are not happy about Intelís strategy, as Intel is only on average
fulfilling 30-40% of orders placed by distributors for 533MHz FSB-supporting
CPUs, according to sources. Intelís move is limiting potential sales for the
distributors at a time when demand for the 533MHz FSB standard and supporting
components are at an all-time high due it its lower costs, sources added.
As first-tier motherboard makers estimate, 30% of all Intel motherboards sold
come from Intelís 800MHz FSB-supporting 865 and 875 family while 70% come from
the companyís 533MHz FSB-supporting 845 family.
Intelís business strategy is not surprising to distributors, however, as the
company will begin delivery of two more 800MHz FSB chipsets, the 848P and 865GV,
on August 11, taking aim at the market just below the current 865 market.
Intel 800MHz FSB Pentium 4 motherboard shipments could grow 30-40% from now
to the end of September, according to motherboard makers. In October, when Intel
again lowers CPU prices, 800MHz FSB motherboard shipments will skyrocket, added
In the meantime, distributors will just have to wait.
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