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Vista Causes PC Components Shortage

Supply shortage of PC components has seriously hit PC makers since mid-October, and they are scrambling for crucial components including microprocessors, DRAM chips, chipsets, and lithium batteries. Industry watchers blame Vista, Microsoft`s next-generation operating system (OS), for the supply shortage. Taiwan`s top five notebook-computer suppliers-Quanta, Compal, Wistron, Inventec and ASUS are competing to grab DRAM chips to fill their needs as Vista requires minimum memory capacity of 915MB, compared to the standard 512 Mb for current Windows XP OS. Intel executives said they have felt supply shortage of the company`s chipsets and microprocessors and expected the problem to be eased sometime this quarter.

Supply shortage of PC components has seriously hit PC makers since mid-October, and they are scrambling for crucial components including microprocessors, DRAM chips, chipsets, and lithium batteries. Industry watchers blame Vista, Microsoft`s next-generation operating system (OS), for the supply shortage. Taiwan`s top five notebook-computer suppliers-Quanta, Compal, Wistron, Inventec and ASUS are competing to grab DRAM chips to fill their needs as Vista requires minimum memory capacity of 915MB, compared to the standard 512 Mb for current Windows XP OS. Intel executives said they have felt supply shortage of the company`s chipsets and microprocessors and expected the problem to be eased sometime this quarter.

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