updated 04:25 pm EDT, Tue October 30, 2007
ASUS: Intel supply low
Intel cannot keep up with processor demand, ASUS complains. The multinational system builder says that Intel is failing to supply enough CPUs to the market, specifically in the realm of notebook PCs. InfoWorld writes that this is exacerbating problems PC makers have had throughout 2007, such as a lack of small hard drives and LCD screens, due to general demand for mobile computers. The recall of approximately 10 million Sony batteries, meanwhile, has created a drought in the overall battery supply. Intel has yet to comment on the issue.
ASUS notes that its connections with Intel have helped keep production afloat. "Our relationship with Intel is good so we don't have a big problem," says president Jerry Shen, "but if it wasn't so good, our troubles might be worse."
Notebook sales are nevertheless reported to have increased throughout 2007, partly due to the launch of Windows Vista, but also as a result of Intel's Santa Rosa platform, which gave systems a needed performance boost. Sales may in fact hit their highest levels ever by the end of the year, with the possibility of growing another 30 percent in 2008. Supply crises may die down once the holiday season has finished.