NVIDIA roadmap shows single-chip IGP chipset
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.