NVIDIA's single-chip IGP due out this month
NVIDIA's MCP61S integrated graphics chipset is scheduled to
launch in late August, according to Taiwanese motherboard
manufacturers quizzed by DigiTimes. As previously reported, the MCP61S incorporates north bridge, graphics, and south
bridge functionality in a single chip.
According to the makers, the Nvidia MCP61S is a single chip integrating
both northbridge and southbridge capabilities and fully supports
Microsoft DirectX 9.0c, and will eventually replace Nvidia's GeForce
6100 northbridge chip that works in conjunction with the nForce 410
southbridge. The new IGP chipset could help motherboard manufacturers
reduce design and production costs, as the unit price of MCP61S-based
motherboards could be lowered to less than US$80, the makers estimate.
Motherboards based on the MCP61S from Asus, ASRock, ECS, Gigabyte, and
MSI are reportedly due out "by the end of August." Additionally,
DigiTimes' sources claim NVIDIA is planning a notebook flavor of the
MCP61S. Such a product would be more power-efficient than conventional
dual-chip designs, the sources say.