According to Taiwan chipset makers, the delay of the consumer release of Microsoft Vista to January 2007 is not surprising, considering the strict hardware requirements Microsoft is putting in place for its next generation operating system (OS).

According to Taiwan chipset makers, the delay of the consumer release of Microsoft Vista to January 2007 is not surprising, considering the strict hardware requirements Microsoft is putting in place for its next generation operating system (OS).

Although Microsoft will still offer some enterprise versions of Vista in November, the consumer version will not be available this year, according to Microsoft press release. The software giant claims that it requires more time to enhance the security and other functions of the platform, the report noted.

However, some industry players are suggesting that a lack of graphics support from chipset vendors is one of the reasons for the delay, as chipset makers including SiS and VIA have not yet started shipping Vista-supporting integrated chipsets.

However, local Taiwan chipset makers indicated that Vista’s hardware requirements are too strict and there are still too many bugs Microsoft needs to overcome before any official launch. Vista requires integrated chipsets to support DirectX9, which only Nvidia, Intel and ATI Technologies have been able to do so far. Other sources added that a delay in the release of Vista will benefit Taiwan chipset makers, as it will provide them with more time to get their products to market.

Despite a delayed launch of Vista delivering a blow for the traditional hot season this year, motherboard makers are still positive about the impact the new OS will have on the motherboard industry.

However, industry players pointed out that Vista was only one of the key elements expected to drive demand this year. A more important growth driver will be Intel, with the motherboard makers commenting that Intel should speed up its CPU price reductions to boost overall demand in the PC industry.