Compiled from outside sources; Adam Connors, DigiTimes.com [Tuesday 9 April 2002]
Independent testing by industry certified validation group Advanced Validation Labs (AVL) has given major memory module vendors the green light in their integration of new chipsets from VIA Technologies the Apollo KT333 for the Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) Athlon XP processor and the Apollo P4X333 for the Intel Pentium 4 processor. According to a statement by VIA on April 4, Micron Technology and Kingston Technology have started to ship DDR333 (PC2700) modules following the successful validation.
Some analysts have said that DDR333, with its ability to increase memory performance up to 30% over that of DDR266, is expected to become a standard platform as soon as the first half of 2003, but it could be surpassed quickly by DDR400 technology, which is due for sampling at the end of the second quarter according to some chip designer’s roadmaps.
Despite its dominance in the AMD-platform market, VIA has fallen behind its rivals in introducing DDR333-based chipsets. Samsung Electronics, Nanya Technology and Vanguard International Semiconductor (VIS) began volume production of the DDR333-supporting SiS745 from Silicon Integrated Systems (SiS) in the third quarter of 2001.
VIA and SiS to launch a series of high-end chipsets in March (Feb 22)
VIA expects to take back chipset market share (Feb 21)