This might seem strange for the PT800 chipset officially announced a month and a half ago (on July 8). However, according to the Taiwanese industrial sources, there are reasons for this delay, as the announcement was mostly "paper", as VIA hadn't launched the volume shipments until recently. They say the problem was about the VT8237 Southbridge compatibility, in particular, its Serial ATA controller.

It seems that all the final tests are passed, as Taiwan reports PT800-based boards to start shipping in August.

Just to revise: PT800 is a Pentium 4 chipset supporting single-channel DDR400 and 800MHz FSB. Intel has been dominating in this niche before, however Taiwanese chipset makers have all chances, as their 800MHz FSB will be cheaper by average $10 than the i865 series.

Source: The DigiTimes


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