IDT to give new life to Socket 7 architecture

While Intel has dismissed suggestions that assemblers are crying out for socket 7 compatible processors, chip maker IDT will tonight announce its plans for the products it claims will fill the gap.

IDT is expected to reveal its plans for the Australian roll-out of its WinChip 2 range of processors for the value desktop and notebook market.

Ben Lim, Asia Pacific Country Manager of IDT said: "This marks a milestone in our strategy to use core IDT WinChip technology as a foundation for a family of processor products designed specifically to meet the quality, compatibility and price/performance requirements of the value PC segment."

Socket 7 compatibility and support for both current as well as older motherboards makes the IDT WinChip 2 family of processors an option for users looking to upgrade existing PCs.

Meanwhile Intel's national sales manager, Archie Wilson said the current shortage of Pentium MMX processors has been the result of a packaging problem, and supply is expected to be restored also by the end of September. He strongly denied there had been a resistance by assemblers to transition to Pentium II and Celeron, claiming that, as customers realise its comparable price/performance, demand for the socket 7 Pentium MMX processors has dropped away.

It would appear that IDT and Legend believe differently.