Intel introduces new chipsets for Core 2 Duo

During an event at Computex today, Intel officially announced its new 965 Express chipset line designed for the upcoming Core 2 processors. The 965 lineup is due to ship over the next couple of months and will include the P965 Express chipset, which Intel says enables "breakthrough PC performance, greater power efficiency, quieter systems and theatre-like sound quality." More interestingly, the P965 chipset will have support for 800 MHz DDR2 memory speeds—right in line with AMD's new Socket AM2 platform. Also in Intel's lineup is the G965 Express integrated graphics chipset, which will sport a feature called Clear Video Technology. Intel says this feature will sharpen and enhance high-definition video streams as well as video from digital camcorders. Additionally, both 965 offerings will include Intel Quiet System Technology and will enable users to "add a second external drive to a PC."

In addition to the chipset announcements, Intel reiterated its schedule for Core-based processors. The company still plans to ship new Core-based "Woodcrest" workstation chips in June, with the desktop Core 2 lineup to follow in July and the mobile Core 2 Duos to come in August. The company also said the top-end desktop Core 2 Extreme would launch at "2.93 megahertz" before being upgraded to "3.2 megahertz" later this year. Either this confirms earlier mention of successive 2.93 GHz and 3.2 GHz clock speeds for the chip, or the Core 2 Extreme will really be a souped-up 8080.

Finally, Intel made a few miscellaneous announcements today. The company announced a new ultra-low-voltage Core Duo processor, which it says only draws an average of 0.75 watts and will ship in the retail channel and in slim OEM notebooks this summer. Also announced was an update to Intel's Viiv platform that will improve connectivity between Viiv PCs and various consumer devices. The update is scheduled to roll out in new Viiv machines "in the coming months." Last, but not least, Intel took the wraps off a 600SM PCI Phone Adapter, which will allow users to connect standard phones to their computers in order to make voice over IP calls.

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