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Taiwanese chipmakers Acer Laboratories Inc. and Via Technologies Inc. are both racing through the last stages of preparations before launching DDR SDRAM chipsets for Intel Corp.’s Pentium 4 microprocessor. Both already sell Athlon-based DDR chipsets. According to the EE Times, the P4 chipsets will be both a boost for Intel as well as an embarrassment. They are expected to increase P4 sales, lagging because vendors are willing to wait for an alternative to the expensive Rambus SDRAM that the P4 currently requires. They will also, however, be something of an embarrassment because the DDR chipsets will likely overshadow Intel’s own slower P4 SDRAM Brookdale chipset – due out in the second half of this year. An Acer executive says the time frame for the P4 version is “not too long” while a Via VP says it will happen “in the not-too-distant future.”

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