Intel today finally launched its delayed 820 chipset aimed at PCs based on the Pentium III processor.
The chipset, which was due to launch at the end of September, suffered the delay due to platform validation issues that could have resulted in memory errors.
IBM, Compaq and Hewlett-Packard all had to ditch plans for new PC and workstation products based on the chipset following the delay.
Intel said the new chipset brings new features and capabilities to PC users including a faster processor system bus, superior memory capabilities and enhanced graphics functionality.
The chipset is also the first desktop chipset to enable high performance Direct Rdram memory technology and deliver significant performance enhancements through AGO 4x graphics support.
Louis Burns, vice president and general manager of Intel's platform components group commented: "The 820 chipset is designed from the ground up to take advantage of the power in the faster Intel Pentium III processors, providing the highest performance in video, graphics and multimedia both on and off the Internet," he said.
"With its enhanced features and significant increase in bandwidth for current and emerging applications, the Intel 820 chipset provides the greatest available performance, flexibility and longevity of any desktop chipset."
The company said all major OEMs are expected to have systems based on the new chipset shipping within the next 30 days.
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