PC vendors were left reeling today as Intel announced it had delayed the introduction of its 820 chipset, resulting in the abandonment of the launch of several new PCs and workstations.
The chip giant said the shock delay to the 820 chipset was due to platform validation issues that may result in memory errors.
In a statement issued this morning the company commented: "Intel is working to identify and validate solutions to these issues and will introduce this chipset after they have been resolved."
A spokeswoman for the company said she was unable to give any indication of when this would be. She said the company did not expect any long term adverse effects on the industry.
However, IBM, Compaq and Hewlett-Packard have all had to ditch plans for new products based on the chipset.
A spokesman for IBM said the delay meant plans for new PC and workstation launches set for tomorrow had to be dropped.
Compaq also confirmed product delays and a spokeswoman for Hewlett-Packard said the company's VL 600 Vectra PC and its XM600 Kayak workstation both due for launch today had been halted.
Despite the 820 delays, Intel did manage to launch two new processors and another chipset as planned today.
The company introduced two new Pentium III processors running at 533MHz and 600MHz, each supporting the new 133MHz system bus.
The 810e chipset, including the faster system bus, extends the capabilities of the 810 chipset for Intel's Celeron processors adding support for Pentium III processors and enhanced graphics performance.
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