Intel's Supply Stumble

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  1. MacBytes macrumors bot

    Jul 5, 2003
  2. zapp macrumors regular


    Aug 23, 2003
    [funny]Intel should have never tried to sell to Apple. They should have known that if they partnered up they would have production problems, now all intel needs to do is is bump there specs by .16 GHz every six months and it will be like we never switched chip providers for the third time[/funny]
  3. uicandrew macrumors 6502a

    Jan 19, 2006
    still, Intel has delivered the equivalent of a G5 notebook, something that was never possible with te old chips.

    Also, if intel has a chronic problem, then why are there not shortages of pcs, especially since they make roughly 40% of the cpus inside pcs.

    look at what intel has done with chips for laptops

    late 2003 - codename "Banias" Pentium M - 1st generation with 1mb L2 cache and 400mh fsb
    2004 - codename "Dothan" Pentium M - 2nd generation with 2mb L2 cache and 400mhz fsb (90nm technique)
    2005 - codename "Sonoma" Pentium M - 3rd generation with 2mb L2 cache and 533mhz fsb (65 nm technique)
    2006 - codename "Yonah" Core Duo

    <apologies to zapp, i'm horrible at reading sarcasm>
  4. jimN macrumors 6502a


    Jun 23, 2005
    Pretty certain you mean 65nm, while intel want to go smaller they're not there yet.
  5. zapp macrumors regular


    Aug 23, 2003

    I was being funny !!!!
  6. simie macrumors 6502a


    Aug 26, 2004
    If you read the extract its talking about the shortage of chipsets not the actual microprocessors. They had a stockpile of processors that they could not use.


    Bryant blamed the miss on an ongoing shortage of chipsets -- the chips that sit between a computer's main microprocessor, its memory, and other parts of the computer -- coupled with weakness in PC sales, particularly in the Americas. The chipset-supply issue, which Intel first described in its midquarter update in December, reportedly has led to lost microprocessor business among some PC makers.

    "MISMANAGEMENT OF FORECASTS." Intel Chief Executive Paul Otellini had hoped to fill the gap with third-party chipsets from vendors like ATI (ATYT), Via Technologies, and SIS. But when those chipsets didn't materialize, PC makers were left holding the bag -- with an expensive stockpile of PC microprocessor chips they couldn't use.
  7. iMeowbot macrumors G3


    Aug 30, 2003
    There was a capacity shortfall at intel, for their older processes (CPUs are on newer lines) They shuffled around their product mix so that they concentrated on making higher-end chipsets to go with them, and referring system makers to third party chipset suppliers for the lower end stuff. This was all pretty much straightened out weeks ago, though word is that they will be running very near capacity to keep up with demand.
  8. DMann macrumors 601


    Jan 13, 2002
    Priorities, and quite a few

    Intel is a highly capable multi-tasking chip fabricator. Of the three:
    Motorola (Freescale), IBM, and Intel, Intel is the least likely to delay
    and/or lag in production for high-end and prosumer chip demands.
    If there are any snags along the way, they are likely to be short lived
    by comparison.
  9. pinto32 macrumors 6502

    Oct 19, 2003
    I think I remember reading several months back that Intel announced a shift in some of thier fabs away from low-margain chipsets (for low-end PCs) to produced more processors. This is all thier own doing...they decided to attempt to take over the chipset market over the past several years, and then wonder why the remaining competiters don't step in to save thier ass for a couple of months, just to be pushed out again. Good riddence.

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