Intel faced another challenge from AMD on Monday, when the clone chipmaker released a chipset that targeted at first tier vendors. It claimed the product will come with the levels of support appropriate to this market, and sources at AMD told Newswire last week that it hoped to gain between 20 and 25 per cent of the market from Intel by early next year.
The AMD chipset will support both AMD K5 and K6 microprocessors and uses the horizontal socket 7 on a motherboard, rather than the sideways Klamath processor card Intel is pushing the industry to adopt.
AMD has taken a chipset from Via and manufactured it to the highest processor standards, claimed Richard Baker, European marketing director at the company.
?This is a strategic product to ensure the infrastructure is there for future microprocessors,? said Baker. ?Intel has 80 per cent of the chipset market so we took a strategic decision to do it ourselves. We?ve taken a lot of technology and ensured we can produce it to the highest quality control.?
That news could shake Intel?s confidence even more. Last Friday it gained an injunction against both AMD and Cyrix to try to prevent them using the letters MMX, following dismay from large PC manufacturers at the delays in its Klamath (Pentium II) solution.
AMD will also beat Intel to the starting gate with a socket 7 K6, releasing its product on 2 April while Intel will wait until 5 May.
Vinod Dham, a former senior vice president of Intel now at AMD, said of its chipset: ?Our goal is to work with our chipset partners to ensure that our competitors and the PC industry always have competitive solutions contemporaneously with any competitive product.?
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