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Shortage looms on Intel notebook chips

It's an ill wind
Wed Nov 24 2004, 08:34
THERE IS A SHORTAGE of chipsets for notebook CPUs, a report in the Taipei Times claimed today.

But it's an ill wind that blows no-one any good, because it's partly being caused by a big jump in sales for notebooks.

The newspaper said that the shortfall in notebook chipsets could amount to as much as a 20 per cent shortfall, while its "Centrino" brand holds 90 per cent of the PC notebook market.

Centrino is not a chipset but a brand name for a combination of microprocessor, chipset and wireless chips.

Most notebooks are made by three Taiwanese original design manufacturers - Quanta, Compal and Wistron - a spun off Acer division.

The paper quotes the president of Acer as saying that the shortage could affect the firm's sales in the current calendar quarter. There's more, here. µ


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