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Intel launches 3 Series chipsets for PCs

Posted: 08 Jun 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Intel Core 2 Duo? Hi-K processors? 3D? DDR2? DDR3?

At the Computex computer trade show in Taiwan, Intel Corp. executive VP Sean Maloney unveiled the company's new 3 Series chipset family along with several other technology plans that surround the company's popular Intel Core 2 Duo and Quad processors for home and business PC users.

The products enable several innovative features for today's PCs such as greater PC performance, clearer definition video and storage technologies that help better protect valuable data.

According to Maloney, the chipsets are also designed to be used with the company's upcoming 45nm Penryn family processors expected later this year. Over 100 motherboard designs are underway, he added.

Higher performance chips
The Intel 3 Series chipsets, formerly codenamed "Bearlake" enable exceptional PC performance while helping to enable improved energy efficiency, system design and quietness. Computers with these chipsets can deliver CE-like video and sound quality and new data security and manageability features for business users and will be the foundation for Intel's next-generation Intel Viiv and Intel vPro processor technologies, codenamed Salt Creek and Weybridge, respectively.

The Intel 3 Series chipsets support DDR2 up to 800MHz or DDR3 memory with data transfer speeds up to 1333MHz, enabling speedy access to files and a more responsive PC. The chipsets also support PCIe 2.0, which doubles the available bandwidth for graphics cards and are engineered to support Intel Turbo Memory which enables faster application loading and boot times.

The Intel 3 Series chipsets also includes versions with integrated graphics called the Intel G33 and G35 Express chipsets. These products will include Intel Clear Video Technology which can enhance video playback and supports HDMI. System manufacturers can also support HD DVD and Blu-ray disc playback with these chipsets at a lower system cost than most discrete graphics cards. Moreover, the G35 integrates hardware support for MS DX10 for smoother, more realistic 3D applications.

Intel graphics support Windows Vista Home Premium and the Windows Aero interface. All of the Intel 3 series chipsets enable users to add up to six external drives to a PC for extra data protection and performance. It adds the Intel High Definition Audio for up to 7.1 theater-like surround sound quality and Intel Quiet System Technology to enable reduced system noise and heat for a much quieter, yet high-performing PC.

The Intel G33 and P35 Express chipsets have been shipping since April, while the Intel Q33 and Q35 Express chipsets are shipping now ahead of their Q3 '07 introduction. The Intel G35 Express chipset and the advanced Intel X38 enthusiast chipset with dual-graphics support will ship within 90 days.

Meanwhile, Maloney also disclosed plans for an Intel Core 2 Extreme mobile processor product to be released in Q3.

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