Wed, Mar 30, 2005 - Page 10 News List

Intel addressing shortages of Sonoma

By Amber Chung  /  STAFF REPORTER

Shortages of Intel Corp's latest chipset for the Sonoma platform, the second generation of the Centrino mobile technology used in portable computers, are expected to be relieved in the second quarter, an Intel official said yesterday.

"A supply shortage of the Sonoma chipsets does exist... but the situation is improving," said Jerry Kao (高博文), marketing manager for the Taiwan branch of Intel Microelectronics Asia Ltd, at a Toshiba laptop launch ceremony yesterday.

The overall production capacity for the Sonoma platform is catching up right now, and the supply is expected to meet market demand by next month or May, Kao said.

Intel launched its Sonoma platform in January. The framework consists of a Dothan central processing unit (CPU), 915 chipsets and a wireless chip supporting train bands.

The market, however, has seen a shortage of around 10 percent so far, trimming the shipment of notebook vendors, including Acer Inc and Hewlett-Packard Co by 10 percent to 20 percent in the past two months, said Simon Yang (楊勝帆), director of PC industry research at the Topology Research Institute (拓墣產業研究所).

Sonoma-platform based notebook computers currently make up over 10 percent of global notebook shipment and are expected to overtake the Centrino-based notebooks in the next half of this year, Kao said.

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