Intel introduces new chipsets for Core 2 Duo
During an event at Computex today, Intel officially announced its new
965 Express chipset line designed for the upcoming Core 2 processors.
The 965 lineup is due to ship over the next couple of months and will
include the P965 Express chipset, which Intel says enables "breakthrough
PC performance, greater power efficiency, quieter systems and
theatre-like sound quality." More interestingly, the P965 chipset will
have support for 800 MHz DDR2 memory speeds—right in line with
AMD's new Socket AM2 platform. Also in Intel's lineup is the G965
Express integrated graphics chipset, which will sport a feature called
Clear Video Technology. Intel says this feature will sharpen and
enhance high-definition video streams as well as video from digital
camcorders. Additionally, both 965 offerings will include Intel Quiet
System Technology and will enable users to "add a second external drive
to a PC."
In addition to the chipset announcements, Intel reiterated its schedule
for Core-based processors. The company still plans to ship new
Core-based "Woodcrest" workstation chips in June, with the desktop Core
2 lineup to follow in July and the mobile Core 2 Duos to come in August.
The company also said the top-end desktop Core 2 Extreme would launch at
"2.93 megahertz" before being upgraded to "3.2 megahertz" later this
year. Either this confirms earlier mention of successive 2.93 GHz and
3.2 GHz clock speeds for the chip, or the Core 2 Extreme will really be
a souped-up 8080.
Finally, Intel made a few miscellaneous announcements today. The company
announced a new ultra-low-voltage Core Duo processor, which it says only
draws an average of 0.75 watts and will ship in the retail channel and in slim OEM notebooks this summer. Also announced was an update to
Intel's Viiv platform that will improve connectivity between Viiv PCs
and various consumer devices. The update is scheduled to roll out in new
Viiv machines "in the coming months." Last, but not least, Intel took
the wraps off a 600SM PCI Phone Adapter, which will allow users to
connect standard phones to their computers in order to make voice over