AMD 690 Delayed Again

Subject: Chipsets | December 21, 2006 - 06:00 PM |
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According to DailyTech AMD is delaying their integrated chipset (fromerly the RS690 chipset from ATI) due to some HDCP issues. 

AMD was expected to release its long awaited ATI RS690 integrated graphics chipset shortly after the AM2 launch in mid-2006. Since the AMD acquisition of ATI, the chipset has since been renamed to AMD 690.

Source: Daily Tech

Four Intel DDR 3 chipsets to arrive in Q3 2007

Subject: Chipsets | December 21, 2006 - 05:45 PM |
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It looks like Intel is already planning their push into DDR3 memory technologies with a set of chipsets for late 2007.

X38 is the enthusiast top notch chipset scheduled for a Q3 2007 introduction. This is intended to replace the 975X chipset. It served us well but it lived too long. It cannot support DDR 2 memory at 1066, and we see that as a problem for enthusiasts. It supports PCIe 2.0, 2x16 PCIe graphic slots, DDR 3 memory at 1333 and a Quad core support.

Source: The Inquirer

New VIA Hyperion Pro drivers

Subject: Chipsets | September 8, 2006 - 06:07 PM |
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A new updated version of the VIA Hyperion Pro drivers are now available.
The package contains the following drivers:

INF Driver V2.80A
AGP Driver V4.60A
VIA PATA/SATA IDE Driver Package V1.40A
VIA V-RAID Driver V5.30C, RAID Tools V5.30

Only the INF driver and the AGP driver have changed from the previous
version.

The package supports the following operating systems: Windows 2000,
Windows 98, Windows ME, Windows NT4, Windows XP, Windows XP 64Bit

Source: VIA Arena

NVIDIA To Showcase New MCP Products at CeBit

Subject: Chipsets | March 7, 2006 - 11:11 AM |
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NVIDIA is going to be showing off some new MCP products at CeBit, aimed at AM2 platforms and beyond.

NVIDIA TO DEMONSTRATE NEXT-GENERATION NVIDIA® NFORCE® 500 FAMILY OF CORE-LOGIC SOLUTIONS AT CEBIT

WHAT: NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA), the worldwide leader in programmable graphics processor technologies, today announced the Company will be conducting technology demonstrations this week of its new family of NVIDIA nForce family media and communications processor (MCP) which will be available mid-2006.

ATI's Upcoming Chipset to be Dubbed 3200

Subject: Chipsets | January 4, 2006 - 11:49 PM |
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ATI's upcoming X16 chipset is going to be called the XPress 3200 according to the InqWell.

The 3200 number is there because the chipset features 32 lanes for dual PCIe 16X graphic cards and the rest of the name is logical.

Motherboard manufacturers are making these boards as we speak and there should be some retail boards at launch time. The boards are scheduled for a double jeopardy launch with the new graphic chip R580, known as Radeon X1900XTX.

Source: The Inquirer

NVIDIA & ULi Acquisition Interview

Subject: Chipsets | December 23, 2005 - 04:09 PM |
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Firing Squad has cornered NVIDIA's chipset guru, Drew Henry, in an attempt to get more information on the recently announced acquisition of ULi by the green giant.

If I was forced to speculate, I would suggest mobile chipsets and SATA-II. Although NVIDIA offers nForce3 mobile chipsets, they've been unusually quiet for the last few years. From this interview, we now know that 2006 will be the year that NVIDIA will return to the mobile market in greater force.

Source: Firing Squad

NVIDIA to Acquire ULI Chipset Maker

Subject: Chipsets | December 14, 2005 - 10:54 AM |
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Well, this is certainly going to be a smack in the face to ATI's hopes in the chipset market.  NVIDIA is set to take over ULI's chipset business next year and that is nothing but bad news for the big red machine.  As most of you know the ATI motherboard south bridge chips have been plagued with issues and ATI's quick fix was to pair the Xpress 200 north bridge with a ULI south bridge, just like we saw on the Asus A8R-MVP motherboard I recently reviewed.&n

Source: Digitimes

Intel 975X Chipset to Support Both SLI and CrossFire

Subject: Chipsets | September 13, 2005 - 01:19 AM |
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According to Digitimes Intel's upcoming 975X chipset will support both SLI and CrossFire dual graphics solutions, throwing yet another wrench into the world of multi-GPU systems.  Now perhaps an Intel platform for a gaming box looks a little better?

Intel's forthcoming high-end 975X chipset, which is expected to be launched in the first quarter of next year, will support both Nvidia's SLI and ATI Technologies' 'CrossFire' dual-graphics technology, according to sources at Taiwan motherboard makers.

Source: Digitimes

Intel Buys Entry Level Chipsets from ATI

Subject: Chipsets | September 12, 2005 - 05:40 PM |
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This is an interesting turn of events; due to Intel's recent chipset shortage, Intel has started buying RC410 chipsets from ATI in order to fill in the gaps in their 915 chipset market. 

Intel has placed orders for PCIe-enabled RC410 chips from ATI Technologies in order to maintain its supply of 915-based motherboards as the chip giant is reportedly to phase out its 865 and 915PL/GL chipsets in the fourth quarter and exit the entry-level chipset market, the Chinese-language Commercial Times reported t

Source: Digitimes

ATI To Release Five New Chipsets

Subject: Chipsets | August 30, 2005 - 10:52 AM |
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This is pretty interesting news this morning.  Digitimes is saying that ATI has plans to introduce a new lineup of chipsets for the AMD Socket M2 in 2006.  They first mention the new ATI RD580 and RD580C chipsets, which we first saw mentioned at the recent ECS Editor's Day (see below) and from what we here these will have two full x16 PCIe connections to compete against the NF4 SLIX16 chipset.  There is also mention of a new integrated chipset, the RS and RX48

Source: Digitimes

VIA Announces VN800 Mobile IGP Chipset

Subject: Chipsets | August 17, 2005 - 04:19 PM |
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VIA has announced the first chipset for the new mobile VIA C7-M processor.

VIA today announced the VIA VN800, the first chipset solution for the VIA C7-M™ processor with DDR2 memory support for fast and efficient system memory access and hardware MPEG-2 decoding for flawless DVD playback.

NVIDIA "Announces" nForce4 SLI X16 Chipsets

Subject: Chipsets | August 8, 2005 - 11:51 AM |
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Though it wasn't officially released or announced yet, NVIDIA sent out a PR this morning touting the use of a new chispet in an upcoming Dell system.  The XPS 600 series of system will now be using the NVIDIA nForce4 SLI X16 MCP that gives the board a full x16 lanes of PCI Express to both graphics card slots and rids the system of any switching or paddle boards for moving between SLI and standard modes.  In all reality, this will mean nothing in terms of perfor

Intel Chipset Shortage Remains

Subject: Chipsets | May 26, 2005 - 12:03 PM |
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In other chipset news, it looks that even though Intel is saying no chipset shortage exists, the motherboard vendors in Taiwan have very different opinons

Intel recently stated that the tight supply has improved, as the company is able to meet both shipment and lead-time goals for most motherboard makers.

Source: Digitimes

ATI's MVP "CrossFire" Will Boost ATI Chipset Sales

Subject: Chipsets | May 26, 2005 - 12:02 PM |
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File this one under, duh.  Digitimes is reporting that when ATI launches their upcoming multi-VPU technology at Computex, the demand for their chipsets that support this technology will increase dramatically.

ATI Technologies, which reportedly is set to roll out its long-anticipated multi-VPU 'Crossfire' technology at the upcoming Computex Taipei, may see a boost in its chipset shipments as well, local motherboard makers predict.


The new multi-VPU Crossfire will be a comparable technol

Source: Digitimes

Foxconn Roadmaps Leak Upcoming Chipset Info

Subject: Chipsets | May 25, 2005 - 09:55 AM |
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I found these roadmaps in my inbox this morning that appear to have come from a Foxconn presentation of some kind. 



First up is the Intel roadmap; we can see that the NVIDIA chipsets are in red, the Intel chipsets in blue and the SiS chipsets are in green.  NVIDIA's nForce4 SLI is shown here as the Q2 2005 product and if you look to Q4 of 2005, you'll see another product called C60G and C60D.  These are very likely the upcoming integrated g

NVIDIA Preps C51 Chipset for K8 with Integrated GPU

Subject: Chipsets | May 10, 2005 - 10:29 AM |
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Digitimes is reporting that NVIDIA is readying its C51 chipset to enter the mainstream segment of the K8 market, both S939 and S754.  Apparently there are going to be two versions of the chip that will have two different graphics cores.  The report also says that NVIDIA may be lowering prices on their SLI chipsets.  If the prices Digitimes claims ATI is going to release their chips for are true, NVIDIA may be in a lot of trouble!

In addition, Nvidia plans to reduce the prices on its current l

Source: Digitimes

Are VIA and ULi Going to Adopt SLI?

Subject: Chipsets | April 27, 2005 - 11:41 AM |
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According to this article at Digitimes, it looks like both VIA and ULi are going to obtain rights to use dual-graphics technology from both ATI and NVIDIA.  You'll remember that PC Perspective was one of the proponents of the SLI technology from NVIDIA being available to other chipset vendors, but at the time, NVIDIA claimed it was all a quality control issue.  Perhaps this shows that it was really a money issue after all?

Taiwan-based chipset makers including VIA Technologies and ULi expect to obt

Source: Digitimes

VIA Announces Chipset Support for Dual Core AMD CPUs

Subject: Chipsets | April 21, 2005 - 10:14 AM |
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VIA is touting their complete support for dual core AMD processors with their K8 line up of chipsets, even though the Opteron was solely launched so far today.


VIA Announces Chipset Support for AMD Dual-Core Technology


Offering comprehensive support for AMD's latest Dual-Core AMD Opteron(TM) processors, VIA K8 Series chipsets ensure full compatibility with next generation processing solutions


Taipei, Taiwan, April 21 2005, - VIA Technologies, Inc, a l

NVIDIA SLI Ships 750,000 Units

Subject: Chipsets | April 20, 2005 - 12:24 PM |
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NVIDIA is touting the success of their SLI technology today, boasting sales of 750,000 so far as well as the new SLIzone website

SANTA CLARA, CA—APRIL 20, 2005—NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA), a worldwide leader in graphics and digital media processors, today announced that it has shipped more than 750,000 NVIDIA nForce™4 SLI media and communication processors (MCPs) for the AMD64 market in the past five months.


Additionally, NVIDIA has started shipping its newly-announced NVIDIA nForce4 SLI Intel Edition MCPs desi

nForce4 Intel Edition Review

Subject: Chipsets | April 14, 2005 - 10:29 AM |
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Xbit Labs has finally decided to take the NVIDIA nForce4 Intel Edition chipset for a spin.

Although the performance of the new NVIDIA solution with the DDR2-667 is very attractive, it is not its primary advantage. The major pride of nForce4 SLI (Intel Edition) is its rich functionality.

Source: X-Bit Labs