Intel has confirmed that the problem-riddled 820 chipset - codenamed Camino - will finally make its debut on 15 November.
Speaking at a press conference in South Korea, Craig Barrett, chief executive of Intel, said: "We plan to formally introduce the 820 chipset, supporting Rambus, within the next couple of weeks."
Shortly afterwards, Dan Francisco, a spokesman for Intel, confirmed that the 820 will be unveiled at the Comdex trade show in Las Vegas on 15 November.
The original launch date of 27 September was delayed when compatibility problems were discovered between the 820 and the Rambus memory technology it was designed to support. A Camino chipset configured with three slots for RDRam, a faster and more advanced memory technology than current SDRam, was found to be losing data. The 820 will now be released with only two memory slots.
The indefinite setback caused many PC vendors to put plans on hold. Companies such as Hewlett Packard, Dell and Compaq were all scheduled to release systems based on the chipset soon after its launch. It also convinced many motherboard manufacturers to adopt PC133 memory, a standard Intel had initially wanted to bypass completely.
Intel also admitted that missing the launch of Camino contributed to not meeting analysts' expectations for its third-quarter profit.
When the chipset is finally available, its success will rely heavily on the availability of Rambus, which is believed to be in short supply and could remain so until the second half of next year. Many manufacturers are expected to release systems containing the 820 chipsets but initially with standard SDRam.
Meanwhile, Barrett has played down the possible negative effects of the Taiwan earthquake on the company's fourth-quarter results. "We don't see any impact of the Taiwan earthquake on our results and are expecting a record quarter," he said.
Barrett also praised the success of the processor division, which has benefited from the launch of the Coppermine chips.
"Our core microprocessor business is alive and well. We shipped record volumes in the fourth quarter and it's still growing," he added.
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