Yesterday evening, Intel announced its 965 Express chipset series in a packed conference room near to the top of the world's tallest building - the Taipei 101, claiming it would be the biggest production ramp in the history of the semi conductor industry.
There are four models in the Intel 965 Express chipset product line: P965, G965, Q965 and Q963. These have differing usage models and are designed for mainstream PC enthusiasts, the digital home and business users.
The P965 Express chipset is designed to address the needs of the home user, with advancements in memory performance, system responsiveness, power efficiency and data protection.
G965 is designed for use in the digital home in low power, low noise Viiv-based systems. It includes Intel's most advanced integraded graphics module to date, the GMA X3000-series.
The GMA X3000 comes with support for Shader Model 3.0 and has made many enhancements in the world of video playback too, thanks to Intel's Clear Video technology, which features Enhanced HD Playback, Sharper Image Quality, Precise Colour Control and Advanced Digital Display support for all current HD formats, including 720p, 1080i and 1080p and a 2480x1536 resolution at 75Hz. The chipset is also part of the Dolby PC Entertainment Experience programme too.
Q965 is designed for business users and will fit under Intel's vPro platform. It includes the integrated GMA 3000 graphics processor, along with support for descreet video cards too. Intel also has a lower-end 96x Express series chipset, called Q963 - this incorporates many of the same features that are found on Q965, but lacks support for the installation of a descreet video card.
All models in the 965 Express chipset series also incorporates Intel's Fast Memory Access technology, which optimises the available memory bandwidth and reduces memory access latencies to improve overall system performance. Along with that, the chipset has been optimised for use with Intel's upcoming Core 2 Duo processors
The chipsets will be paired with Intel's latest south bridge update: ICH8, which features a bunch of updates over the ICH7-series south bridge. The highlights include an additional two USB 2.0 ports (increased from eight to ten); six SATA 3Gbps ports and Intel Quiet System Technology.
The new chipsets are manufactured using Intel's 90-nanometre process technology and will be manufactured in Intel's old 90-nanometre CPU fab space, as all of its CPUs are now manufactured on its 65-nanometre process. The chip giant promises that the chipset shortages over the last year are gone, and it is already building another two new FABs with the promise to build more ahead of its demand curve.
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