IDF Spring 2004: more details on Grantsdale and Alderwood. A mini photo gallery
As you can see, most presentations and speeches conducted on the second day of IDF Spring 2004 were dedicated to server, desktop, and mobile platforms. By the moment, it seems worthy to sum up the information on new desktop platforms scheduled to 2004. Pity, even now the image is not complete, so there are some white points.
Intel´s most performance chipset of the new generation, Alderwood or i925P, will be:
Positioned as a component for the most powerful desktops, including those on Pentium 4 Extreme Edition
Designed for 6-layer PCBs
Supporting Pentium 4 Prescott and Tejas with 800MHz FSB
Supporting DDR-II 533 (in case of Alderwoodm it means supporting additional low-latency modes
Coupled with ICH6/ICH6R/ICH6W Southbridge
Supporting up to 4 x Serial ATA, RAID 0, RAID 1
Supporting up to 8 x USB 2.0
Supporting up to 4 x PCI Express x1 with ExpressCard
Supporting Intel High-Definition Audio
Alderwood will be a purely discrete chipset (like i875P) and will support only PCI Express 16x graphics cards. It´s interesting that already now, at the development stage, Intel attended to that no Grantsdale "overclockings" could lift them to Alderwood level like it was last Spring when some companies offered possibilities of "overclocking" i865 to the level of i875. Most likely, Grantsdale "overclocking" detection will be implemented on the software level.
Grantsdale series i915P, i915G, i915GV, i915GL in general mentioned long before this IDF turned out to be almost 100% true. Initially Grantsdale series will be represented by discrete i915P and integrated i915G. Both chipsets will support PCI Express. i915P will work with 775-pin P4 Prescott with 533/800MHz FSB as well as with usual Socket 478.
Intel Extreme Graphics 3 core that will first be introduced in integrated Grantsdales will support DirectX 9.0 and OpenGL 1.4, Pixel Shaders 2.0, up to 128MB allocated memory. It will also feature optimizations for energy saving modes, dynamic resolution adjustment for various monitor types, including wide-format.
And here are some "live" pictures alongside the news theme made by our Alexander Vorobyev at IDF:
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