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Intel Grantsdale, Alderswood details revealed

Intel Developer Forum New IO, new graphics, new lamps for old
Wed Feb 18 2004, 21:52
A BRIEFING HERE at the forum discussed the importance of the Grantsdale chipset platform.

This was hosted by Rob Crooke, VP of the desktop platform group, and Bill Leszinske, director of the desktop product group chipset and software marketing.

Intel is aiming Grantsdale at both business and customers and will come in different flavours supporting DDR2 and DDR, with four serial ATA ports.

The new PCs based on these will, as we've said before, also have wireless AP technology built in, so you can effectively tell the WAP makers get to lost.

The guys also confirmed that there is a move from six to eight USB 2.0 ports, four PCI Express X1 lanes, Azalia, four Serial ATA ports, and Intel RAID 0/1 AHCI.

Alderswood will have six layers and is aimed at gamers and power users. This is, the guys said, the rocket sled platform.

Grantsdale Graphics is interesting, although ATI and Nvidia might not think so. DX9 will be in hardware, and mainstream gaming will be moving to the integrated platform, according to the two chipset chaps.

It will support OpenGL 1.4, includes Pxel Shader 2, four Pixel Pipes, and DVMT for 128MB of memory. Alderswood also supports different dual display support, and for formats including CRTs, LCDs, TVs and HD TVs.

Intel's definition of high definition audio is 192KHz, 24-bit, eight channel audio support for Dolby and the rest, better voice over IP capabilities, and a way for the jack to sense which type of device is being plugged in.

Alderwood won't have support for legacy AGP discrete cards, so you're going to have to buy a PCI Express high end card.

The highest end Aldwerwood system, intended for high end enthusiasts, could cost as much as $3,000 for a system. But there will be a spread of prices based on the different types of systems and features in the chipset.


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