NVIDIA core logic plans revealed?
The Inquirer is full of all sorts of tasty core logic tidbits from NVIDIA this morning. NVIDIA will apparently be adding Serial ATA, RAID, and Gigabit Ethernet support to its MCP south bridge, which should help the nForce2 chipset stack up more competitively with VIA's KT600 and Intel's latest Springdale and Canterwood chipsets as far as features go. As a part of its updated south bridge strategy, NVIDIA will reportedly also integrate support for Serial ATA and Gigabit Ethernet in its Crush K8S for AMD's 64-bit processors. An integrated graphics core for the Crush chipset based on the GeForce FX architecture may sample before the end of the year, too.
As if that weren't enough, it looks like NVIDIA may also be working on a new audio chip for AMD's Athlon 64 processors. The new chip would include all the functionality of NVIDIA's current APU and all sorts of hardware acceleration for 2D and 3D audio. Unfortunately, there's no word on whether this rumored audio chip's sampling rate and resolution will be bumped up to better compete with VIA's Envy24.