Intel is facing harsh criticism from PC makers for failing to deliver its MMX multimedia chip before the Christmas rush.
Intel introduced the MMX today with 16 OEMs, including IBM, Compaq, Dell, Apricot, and with enhanced software on show. Intel claims the MMX will offer 60 per cent better performance than existing chips.
At the same time, vendors claim that Intel will discontinue the P100 and P120 next month. Some outlets hold massive stocks of machines built on the chip, and superstore PC World was discounting P120 systems by over #100 in the sales.
An Intel representative said: 'The MMX delay was because we weren't ready to launch it. We didn't want to create a demand we couldn't fill.'
But that was repudiated by PC vendors. Keith Corbett, head of marketing at the Mitsubishi Electric PC Division, said: 'You can't go introducing new systems in November. If we haven't got our systems approved by the end of October, we can't sell them (for Christmas). All they're doing is cannibalising the Christmas market.'
Chris Bakolas, technical director at Dan Technology, said: 'I asked Intel if we could start selling the MMX before Christmas, but there were heat problems. Intel never tells you anything.'
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