ASRock to choose VIA over ATI in Intel mobos

— 12:23 PM on September 8, 2006

In line with the revenue warning ATI issued yesterday as a result of poor Intel chipset sales, DigiTimes has word that Asustek subsidiary ASRock plans to move away from ATI's Intel-bound core logic. The budget motherboard maker's LGA775 lineup presently includes only two ATI-based boards—the 775Twins-HDTV and 775Twins-HDTV R2.0—both of which are based on the Radeon Xpress 200 chipset and neither of which seem to be available. DigiTimes' sources say ASRock currently has no plans to release boards based on ATI's new Radeon Xpress 1100 and Radeon Xpress 1250 core logic.

Instead, the company will "massively adopt" VIA's new P4M900 integrated graphics chipset. Sterling Wu, ASRock's president, told DigiTimes the plan is "aimed at minimizing the risk of any change in ATI's chipset plan for the Intel platform." However, Wu added that ASRock may revert back to using ATI chipsets in October in order to meet increased demand.

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