HSINCHU, Taiwan -- Silicon Integrated Systems Corp. has reached an agreement with Intel Corp. that will allow it to produce chipsets compatible with the forthcoming 800MHz Pentium 4 microprocessor.
SiS, Hsinchu, Taiwan, described the deal as an extension of its long-term chipset license agreement with Intel, Santa Clara, Calif. "Having a long term license to produce chipsets for Intel's Pentium 4 microprocessor has been an important element of SiS's business," said SiS president and CEO Michael Chen in a statement.
Details of the agreement are confidential, SiS said.
Last week, Taipei-based Via Technologies Inc. claimed that it will be the first chipset design house to offer products compatible with the 800MHz P4, as part of an agreement that followed a comprehensive settlement of legal disputes between Via and Intel.
Analysts have viewed Intel's decision to bury the hatchet and cut a deal with Via as an effort to counterbalance a growing threat from United Microelectronics Corp., Hsinchu, which recently increased its control with a takeover of SiS. SiS owns about 20% of the global core logic chipset market, compared with Via's 27% and Intel's 50%, according to analysts.
On Monday, Intel said that shipments of its new Pentium 4 processor with an 800MHz front side bus has been put on hold due to "a small anomaly observed in validation testing on a small number of chips." The processor was launched on the same day.