Ibex Peak chipsets for sale
Digitimes claims that Intel's NDA is worthless after its
upcoming H55 and H57 (Ibex Peak) chipsets were spotted available for sale in
Asustek and Intel's own-brand motherboards are being
flogged by Taiwan retailers despite the fact motherboard makers were required
to sign a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) prohibiting such activities before the
scheduled chipset launch on January 7. Motherboard makers are mightily miffed because Intel had
gone to the trouble of making them sign an NDA prohibiting the release of any information
about the chipsets before Intel's official launch announcement. Normally makers
are not required to sign this type of NDA.
Intel claimed it was jumpy because they are the first
Nehalem platforms targeting the mainstream market. They are also the first to introduce support for Flexible
Display Interface (FDI), Intel's new architecture which will see integrated
graphics moved from the chipset and onto the CPU.
Asustek is likely to have just pushed its luck by
breaking the embargo. It claims that it abides by its agreement with Intel and
has not authorised any of its agents to make H55 and H57 products available for
sale. However there is no explanation for the Intel branded
products also being sold.
After all if Intel cannot police its own channel, why
should vendors worry about it. Intel told Digitimes that there is a lot of interest and
excitement around its new technologies before the official launch. Intel motherboards have since disappeared from display in
channel retail shops in Taipei.