NVIDIA roadmap shows single-chip IGP chipset

— 12:47 PM on April 17, 2006

DailyTech has procured a roadmap for NVIDIA's upcoming integrated graphics chipsets. While the company will carry its current GeForce 6100 and nForce 430 combination to AMD's Socket AM2 for its launch in June, a new high-end mainstream chipset known as the MCP61P is reportedly scheduled for an August release. DailyTech says the MCP61P will be a single-chip solution, featuring both a GPU and MCP in the same package. NVIDIA is also expected to launch two derivatives—code-named MCP61S and MCP61V—aimed at competing against VIA's K8M800 in the low-end mainstream and value segments. The MCP61S is said to trade the MCP61P's sVDO (Serial Digital Video Out), Gigabit Ethernet, and 16-lane PCI Express Graphics for analog VGA, 10/100Mbps Ethernet, and 8-lane PCI-E. Meanwhile, the MCP61V apparently won't have a PCI Express graphics interface at all.

Naturally, the MCP61 line is expected to be built with 90nm process technology that has already shown great results on GeForce 7900- and 7600-series graphics cards. If the drop to 90nm allows NVIDIA to cram both an MCP and a GPU onto the same chip, let's hope it can also consolidate the dual-chip nForce4 SLI X16. Considering the current 130nm X16's high power consumption when stacked up against a comparable ATI CrossFire Xpress 3200 chipset, a die shrink may also be just what NVIDIA needs to reduce chipset power consumption.

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