According to new distributor Cleveland HiTek, half of the PCs sold in Australia are locally assembled, and most of these lack the latest technology used in brand name machines because of the way the supply chain works. MD Max Fredericks told ARN that the larger computer manufacturers had cooperative development programs which allow them to be first on the market with new technology such as the upcoming Pentium II machines.
"But we now offer local assemblers a solution to that. We're able to source and supply the latest motherboards with extremely short lead times."
He gave as an example the new M3 series (Multi Media Mainboard) including the 6MFX motherboard (pictured), based on the Intel 440FX chipset, supporting Intel P6 MMX and future CPUs.
Features of this ATX form factor board include onboard Creative Labs 3D sound, two DIMM and four SIMM sockets, two USB ports and an IRDA port. It also has three ISA and five PCI ports, two PCI Bus Master IDE ports and Award P6 PnP BIOS.
Cleveland also distributes other computer components such as CPUs and memory.
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