Centrino 2 to get some competition from Nvidia

— 11:19 AM on April 24, 2008

Nvidia recently declared it intentions to "open a can of whoop-ass" on Intel in the graphics market—and to produce a platform for VIA's x86 processors. Now, DailyTech says Nvidia plans to take on Intel's integrated graphics chipsets for laptops, as well.

According to DailyTech, Nvidia's upcoming MCP79 single-chip core logic solution will be targeted at small-form-factor notebooks with Intel CPUs. The MCP79 will include a DirectX 10-class graphics processor with support for Hybrid SLI, high-definition video decoding, and HDMI video output. The chip will be equipped with support for 1066MHz front-side bus speeds, 800MHz DDR2 and 1333MHz DDR3 memory, 300MB/s Serial ATA, PCI Express 2.0, and Gigabit Ethernet. Other features on the MCP79's spec sheet will include a Trusted Platform Module component and a flash caching system akin to Intel Turbo Memory dubbed Nvidia DriveCache.

The MCP79 lineup will reportedly include six derivatives, which will have various features (such as RAID support) turned on or off. The report says MCP79 offerings will roll out in June and will go "toe-to-toe" with the chipsets Intel has in store for its Centrino 2 mobile platform.

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