Intel to launch delayed 820 chip set

Intel will launch its long-awaited 820 chip set on Nov 15, the opening day of the Comdex trade show held in Las Vegas, a spokeswoman at Intel's UK office confirmed today.

Among the new features in the 820 chip set are support for Rambus Inc's speedy memory interface technology, a faster 133MHz system bus and 4x AGP (accelerated graphics port). Chip sets are key components found on PC motherboards, the printed circuit boards that define a system's functions.

The faster system bus speed will allow PC vendors to launch new models with the recently introduced 733MHz Pentium III processor, Intel's fastest processor to date.

Intel in late September -- only days before the original launch date -- was forced to delay the introduction of the 820 chip set when a Rambus-related glitch was found. The last minute delay caused grousing among PC vendors who had to put their system plans on ice.

Pricing information was not available.

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