Single-chip ULi Athlon 64 chipset to come in July
DigiTimes is reporting that mass production of ULi's upcoming M1697 Athlon 64 chipset will begin next month. Like NVIDIA's nForce4 family, the M1697 is a single-chip solution. The chipset will support dual-core Athlon 64 processors, 3Gbps "Serial ATA II" transfer rates, 20 lanes of PCI Express, High Definition Audio, and RAID 0, 1, 0+1, and 5 arrays. According to ULi, the chipset can provide a full sixteen lanes of PCI Express to a single x16 slot or split those lanes evenly between a pair of x16 slots. However, it's unclear whether the M1697 will be certified to work with ATI's CrossFire or NVIDIA's SLI technologies.