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Via rules the K8 market

Computex 2004 It has the volumes
Thu Jun 03 2004, 06:13
WELL INFORMED sources here in cloudy Taiwan indicate that Via is the prime mover for the Athlon 64, and Athlon FX markets.

After chatting to various folk yesterday we learned that Via has almost 90 per cent of the K8 market and that it is selling huge numbers. Oh, it's not Via folk we've been talking to.

Still, you can't really say it's huge numbers as the market is still quite small, but it is growing day by day.

The essential problem is that whatever the Dark Mayer of AMD says, the chips are just too expensive.

Nvidia might pick up a some serious percentage of the market with its heavily delayed Nforce 3 250 chipset which now seems to be good enough for manufacturers to want to use.

Some motherboard manufacturers told us that the Nforce 3 150 simply was not stable enough and that it has caused them quite some problems but that the Nforce 3 250 is a good solution.

We saw more then a dozen design wins at Nvidia suite. Nvidia is especially proud on Iwill's Nforce 3 250 dual capable barebone system I have to say.

Its all about security Nvidia said to us yesterday and they where even showing to the people how un-secure are they. Turn on Nvidia firewall, chipset option and you should be more secure they told us.

I hope that this firewall can secure them some market share as well. µ


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