We're not quite sure what to make of Intel's puzzling decision to delay the launch of its Klamath processor by four weeks. We're probably not alone.
Klamath, featuring the much-touted MMX technology, was due out round about now. Instead, it'll be available when the January sales are in full swing and people are at their least festive. So why the delay? And why our scepticism?
Well, take Intel's explanation for starters. The company claims the delay was prompted by the lack of appropriate supporting technology (whatever that means), implying that something 'appropriate' will be unveiled in between now and mid-January.
Unable to guess what this might be, we rang round to ascertain what could possibly be in the pipeline that would have prompted Intel to hold off launching one of its most important products of the year. The industry shrugged its shoulders - they could think of nothing. Indeed, the companies we contacted were adamant they were more than ready for Klamath and anything else Intel had to throw at them. "Raring to go" was how one of them put it, which rather undermines Intel's feeble and unconvincing line.
In this season of goodwill, it would of course be ungenerous and miserly of us to suggest that the company's explanation is as believable as Santa Claus and his ilk (or should that be elk?). Pull the other one, Intel, it's got jingle bells on.
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