Efforts by Intel to force the PC industry to migrate to the 915 platform by reducing the supply of its 865 and 845 chipsets have caused the shortfall, the sources noted.ECS, MSI, and Abit are also affected. Abit told DigiTimes it had only "20-30% of the chipsets it needs per week." Overall, the mobo makers seem to expect lower shipments and sales as a result of the shortfall.
The problem is that 915-based motherboards currently account for just 10% of the Pentium 4 motherboards sold in the channel, while 865- and 845-based boards still remain the mainstream and account for 80% of the market, said the sources.
Weekly demand for the 865- and 845-series chipsets at some leading makers, including Asustek Computer and Gigabyte Technology, currently outstrips allotted supply by about 100,000 chipsets, the sources stated.