To outside observers Intel may seem like an "elephant shackled by a thread" Inquest's Bert McComas told us, but this appearance might be misleading, he warned. "The public parts of Intel's contract with Rambus suggest that all the company has to do is write a letter to Rambus and it can walk away with no real penalties other than losing its RDRAM license," he continued in our recent phone conversation, "but there is something much more serious in the blacked out areas of the contract that has Intel holding its breath until 2003."He also talks about a new computer he built for his wife where he confirms that the Socket A processors are very fragile. This is a long read in its entirety (12 pages) but well worth the time.
Indeed, the publicly disclosed version of the contract states explicitly "Intel shall be entitled to terminate this Agreement, at any time, on written notice to Rambus."
Although Intel has reiterated its public support for Rambus, Intel's stance appears to be to support multiple solutions for their processors. Intel is also accelerating their plans for the Pentium 4 to be their flagship processor by early 2002 or late 2001 which is earlier than expected. They are also ramping their transition to the 0.13 micron process. Bear in mind that Willamette (0.18 micron process P4) is a transitionary product until Northwood (0.13 micron process P4). For more on DDR memory, visit this site.
Both AMD and NVIDIA have something new for you to download. AMD has updated their processor utilities page for the AMD 750/760 chipsets and NVIDIA has 'leaked' their Detonator 6.47 drivers: