Intel has failed to accurately predict demand for the Pentium Pro 200 causing extreme shortages for smaller OEMs who have accused the company of looking after its bigger customers at their expense.
The problem has been compounded by Intel's aggressive marketing which has promoted the Pentium Pro in the corporate arena. Consequently demand has risen, but smaller Intel customers have struggled to keep up.
Colin Collier, managing director of London-based Intel OEM Carrera, said: "It's no secret there's been a shortage of 200MHz Pentium Pros for at least a month. Fortunately we have been able to manage but we've been told to expect stock every week for the past five weeks and it still hasn't arrived."
Intel did not deny the shortage, but a spokeswoman added: "We expect to fulfil our commitments by the end of the quarter."She said the delays had arisen because of the "enormous success of our advertising and marketing campaigns". But one vendor, who requested anonymity for fear of Intel reprisals, said "that's a fat lot of good to me. I need the chips now.
Intel has obviously forgotten that if you increase demand you need to increase supply. Maybe it needs a lesson in economics."
However, Gateway 2000's European marketing manager, John Shepheard, confirmed the company has never had problems obtaining Pentium Pro 200s from Intel.
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