Intel, meanwhile, has said it's prepping the 845 chipset for launch soon, but it's a screwy deal. The 845 will be capable of supporting DDR SDRAM, but for a while, motherboards based on the 845 will use only PC133 memorypossibly because of an agreement with Rambus which folks have speculated forbids Intel from releasing a DDR chipset yet. But nobody knows for sure.
We know Intel is leaving Rambus out to dry unless geeky consumers everywhere make a mad rush to CompUSA to buy RDRAM-based systems. We know the Pentium 4's success is crucial for Intel's plans, since the PIII Tualatin isn't quite an Athlon-beater, and VIA's P4 chipset could help out there. We also suspector so the rumors about the Rambus agreement tell usthat Intel might be able to release a DDR chipset sooner if a competitor releases one first.
So is Intel really upset with Darth VIA's unlicensed chipset plans, or are they just feigning objections in order to better bury Rambus?