NVIDIA Stays in the Chipset Market, Prepares New Solution for AMD Platform
NVIDIA's recent actions obviously disprove summer rumors about company's possible withdrawal from the core logic market. As you might know NVIDIA has just recently released the GeForce 9300 desktop chipset with an integrated graphics core for Intel platforms and a similar mobile solution GeForce 9400M.
According to the source, company's further plans include developing a solution for AMD platform that will replace MCP72. Codenamed "MCP82," this chipset series will belong to the performance segment, supporting AM3, AM2+ and AM2 sockets.
For now, we know of two modifications: MCP82-S1 and MCP82-S2, specs shown on the provided illustration. As you can see, MCP82 chipsets will feature integrated graphics cores supporting SLI, DirectX 10, Hybrid SLI and PureVideo HD.
Another important feature of MCP82 will be support of the ACC technology called to uncover AMD Phenom's clock rate potential. As you might know, this feature is supported by the AMD SB750 Southbridge, a part of the AMD 790GX platform, as well as NVIDIA MCP72/78 chipset series (though in the latter case, addition of such a feature is up to motherboard makers).
MCP82 chip has the same size as MCP72, which should simplify development of new motherboards. According to the source, MCP82 samples have already been shipped to NVIDIA partners. As for the mass production, it's scheduled to start in January 2009.
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