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Via to drop QBM?

Kentron won't be delirious with joy
Tue Oct 28 2003, 16:36
SOURCES CLOSE to Via have confirmed that the much ballyhooed support supposed to be in the PT880 chipset and using Kentron's QBM (quad band memory) may never see the light of day.

This confirms earlier hints at

QBM was supposed to offer increased performance over DDR by doubling the information sent per clock, while the motherboard offered backwards compatibility with existing DDR memory as the slots were identical.

Apparently, the PT880 chipset has been functioning since before Computex in September, with the only outstanding problem being support for QBM.

The engineering costs to get the QBM up and running were apparently escalating beyond what was acceptable. As having a competitive part sit on the shelf is suicide in the tech market, Via may forego the QBM technology and stay with more traditional memory strategies, enabling dual channel support with the new chipsets.

There is no word about the possibility of future QBM products. µ

This can?t be good news for Kentron, the driving force behind QBM.


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