Intel unveils new desktop chipsets

Promises improved audio and graphics, PCI Express, RAID and DDR2. But the wireless capability will not immediately be available.

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By  Simon Duddy Published  June 22, 2004

Intel has announced two new chipset platforms, 915 G/P and 925X Express, formerly codenamed Grantsdale and Alderwood, that are designed to work well in a digital home. The chipsets are wireless enabled - allowing PCs to act as wireless access points, although this feature will not be built into boards until later in the year when Intel expects sales volumes of the products to pick up. As part of its global launch, Intel held a special event hosted by Emaar, the region’s foremost property developer in their ultra modern Hattan villa, part of their Street of Dreams in the UAE, to demonstrate how these new capabilities will bring Middle East users a step closer to the reality of the digital home. In addition to making the PC experience more entertaining and productive, these technologies pave the way for such emerging capabilities as High Definition (HD) video, 7.1 surround sound and robust file protection for office and home users. These technologies are helping to create a new kind of PC, an all-in-one “hi-fi” device with high-definition video, high-fidelity sound and wireless connectivity, according to Sam Al-Schamma, Intel’s general manager in the GCC. “Intel innovation is taking the PC through a significant evolution that opens up a broader set of new consumer uses,” said Al-Schamma. “This evolution will help our users in the Middle East to better enjoy digital music, photos, videos and games on PCs and other devices in and around the home. At the same time, the technologies we’re introducing for the PC platform will help drive new uses that boost office productivity, such as simultaneously using multiple monitors with just one PC to work on and track several projects.” Audio quality on the PC is upgraded with Intel High Definition Audio, which supports 7.1 surround sound. The Intel High Definition Audio solution also allows the unique capability of sending multiple sound streams simultaneously through the PC’s output jacks, allowing one user to listen to an MP3 with headphones while another user is watching a video with multichannel surround sound from the same PC. On PCs equipped with multiple hard drives, optional Intel Matrix Storage Technology can boost storage performance and help protect irreplaceable work files and personal digital memories through advanced technologies normally found in data centers (using RAID 0 and 1 capability). In a major boost to the computer’s video, graphics, and overall data throughput performance, the Intel 915 G/P and 925X Express Chipsets will be Intel’s first PC chipsets to feature a new higher-speed memory called DDR2, which provides headroom for the continued growth of PC platform uses.

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