Intel has claimed that problems between synchronous memory (SDRam) and its Pentium II processor will be resolved with the PC 100 specification.
Memory manufacturers, assemblers and OEMs discovered when they were shipping Pentium II products in the last quarter of last year that the processor did not work with SDram in the system.
That led to a series of complaints from assemblers, dealers and resellers, saying Intel was to blame because of a previous specification.
But Roy Taylor, managing director of Vanguard Microelectronics in the UK, said that Intel was not to blame last month and predicted an upsurge in sales of third party component add-ins to adjust the problem.
Said Intel: ?PC main memory bandwidth requirements keep increasing. The goal is to facilitate the development of memory components and modules so they are compatible with the new memory controller requirements.?
Both distributors and vendors, however, have still to explain the situation satisfactorily to their customer base.
Intel will introduce a 100MHz bus early this year, probably pre-announcing it at the end of the month, at which time assemblers are set to ask further questions.
Meanwhile it will have to cope with clone companies AMD, Cyrix and Centaur/IDT, which are collaborating to produce a bus standard which will compete sharply with Intel?s putative standard.
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