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Pentium® 4 extends to four advanced chipsets


Intel Extends Pentium® 4 Processor Platform Leadership With Four Advanced Chipsets

New Chipsets Achieve Higher Levels of PC Performance and Improved End-User Experience While Poised to Deliver Hyper-Threading Technology

Intel Corporation today delivered four new desktop chipsets that bring advanced levels of performance, reliability and flexibility to PC users who demand a richer digital media, gaming and broadband experience.

The enhanced Intel® 850E chipset and the new Intel 845GE, 845PE and 845GV chipsets are available in PCs starting today. All of these chipsets will support Intel’s groundbreaking Hyper-Threading (HT) Technology**, which enables software programs to run as though there are two processors available with only one processor physically in place. HT Technology will be introduced later this year on desktop PCs with the Intel Pentium® 4 processor at 3.06 GHz.

“We’re very proud of these new chipsets,” said Louis Burns, vice president and general manager of Intel’s Desktop Platforms Group. “Not only will they dramatically enrich a PC user’s experience today; they also provide the platform foundation for our upcoming HT Technology, which can deliver up to 25 percent more performance for many mainstream consumer and business applications.”

The enhanced Intel 850E chipset now supports dual-channel PC 1066 RDRAM* memory, delivering the highest-performing Pentium 4 processor-based platforms, which allow consumers to enjoy a richer PC experience with broadband audio and video content, games, music, photos, and movies.

The Intel 845GE chipset includes an increased 266 MHz graphics clock speed for its Intel® Extreme Graphics engine, a fast 533 MHz or 400 MHz system bus, and – for the first time in volume – DDR333 main memory support. These new features provide new levels of integrated graphics performance, delivering a better graphics experience for everyday PC users.

The Intel 845PE chipset, combined with the Intel Pentium 4 processor, delivers the advantages of DDR333 memory and AGP4x support for a flexible and high-end discrete graphics solution.

“Our customers know that when we add a new memory capability such as DDR333 support, they can, with confidence, take their products to market in volume,” said Burns. “With PC1066 and DDR333 memory, we worked closely with memory suppliers to update the specifications and conducted exhaustive compliance testing. In addition, we have 2,500 people dedicated and spend more than $US300 million a year to make sure that Intel’s new platforms, as well as chipset and CPU functions and features, are fully validated and work as specified.”

The new Intel 845GV chipset offers DDR266 main memory capability and 533 MHz or 400 MHz system bus, providing support for a range of Pentium 4 and Celeron® processor frequencies.

The new 845 chipsets utilise high-speed system buses to maximise throughput capabilities of the Pentium 4 processor. The chipsets include six integrated, Hi-Speed Universal Serial Bus (USB) 2.0 ports, enabling high-bandwidth connectivity across a variety of peripherals to allow for fast downloads of digital music, photos and video files with up to 40 times more bandwidth than USB 1.1. PCs equipped with Hi-Speed USB 2.0 capabilities are easier to use and expand, allowing users to quickly and easily add peripherals to PCs. The new 845 chipsets also come with enhanced AC’ 97 audio implementation with dual independent DMA audio engines for improved sound quality and new audio usage models.

Intel also provides its chipset customers with the Intel® Application Accelerator software package, designed to deliver additional Integrated Drive Electronics (IDE) performance and provide headroom for future hard disk drives. Improved I/O transfer rates and faster operating system loads enable additional performance and accelerated boot times over native IDE drivers.

For computer makers and system integrators, Intel also announced availability of six desktop boards: ATX form factor Intel desktop boards D845GEBV2, D845PEBT2, D845PESV and D850EMVR, and smaller micro-ATX form factor Intel desktop boards D845GERG2 and D845GVAD2

Pricing and Availability In 1,000-unit quantities, the Intel 845GE chipset is priced at $US37. In 1,000-unit quantities, the Intel 845PE chipset is priced at $US34. In 1,000-unit quantities, the Intel 845GV chipset is priced at $US28. The Intel 850E chipset with 1066 RDRAM support in 1,000-unit quantities is priced at $US40. Systems and motherboards with these chipsets are currently shipping in volume from a variety of computer and motherboard manufacturers worldwide.

Additional technical information on these chipsets is available at http://developer.intel.com/design/chipsets.

Intel, the world’s largest chip maker, is also a leading manufacturer of computer, networking and communications products. Additional information about Intel is available at www.intel.com/pressroom.


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