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Intel prepares to launch latest chipsets

Intel will launch its Grantsdale and Alderwood chipsets for Pentium 4 processors on 21 June, but they may not become widely adopted by users until early next year.

Intel unveiled the official names for Grantsdale and Alderwood at the Computex 2004 exhibition in Taipei. 

There will be two versions of Grantsdale, the 915P and 915G, and one version of Alderwood, the 925X.

For Intel, the 915 and 925 chipsets mark an important technology transition from AGP (Accelerated Graphics Port) to PCI (Peripheral Component Interconnect) Express for graphics cards.

The chipsets also offer support for DDR2 (Double Data Rate 2) memory and include support for Raid (redundant arrays of independent discs), Intel's High-Definition Audio technology and a feature that can turn a desktop PC into an access point for an 802.11 wireless network. The 915G will add integrated graphics.

Sumner Lemon writes for IDG News Service


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