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Intel-brand "Bearlake" motherboards revealed
Intel wants HDMI, ICH9 and picoBTX on its 2007 motherboards

DailyTech previously reported on Intel’s upcoming Bearlake, the successor to the current Broadwater 965 chipset lineup. Intel’s latest Desktop Board roadmap reveals nearly a dozen upcoming motherboards based on the upcoming Bearlake chipset. The boards are still in early development stages but do reveal quite a bit of information about the upcoming chipset.

Noticeably gone from the roadmap is a replacement for the Intel D975XBX Bad Axe 2. This is most likely because Intel will not be replacing the current 975X Express chipset with a Bearlake variant.

Intel Desktop Boards Media Series will feature Viiv compatibility and integrate the Bearlake G+ chipset. Four motherboards will be available with the Bearlake G+ chipset—the Dragontail Peak, Apache Lake, Ryker and Hiwassee. Dragontail Peak will be a full ATX motherboard while Apache Lake will be the microATX variant. Both motherboards will have DVI. Hiwassee and Ryker will be BTX boards with Hiwassee being microBTX and Ryker being picoBTX. Both BTX motherboards will have HDMI video output. All Desktop Board Media Series motherboards will have onboard Firewire.

On the business side of things is the Desktop Boards Executive Series with support for Intel’s vPro technology. Three new Executive Series motherboards are planned with Bearlake Q chipsets. There is no full-size ATX Bearlake Q based motherboard planned. Instead there will only be the microATX Johannesburg as far as ATX motherboards go. Intel has two BTX based Bearlake Q motherboards planned though—the Leadville microBTX and Eden Prarie picoBTX motherboards. All three Bearlake Q based motherboards will have DVI output and support for Intel’s AMT3, VT and Trusted Platform Modules.

Four Desktop Boards Classic Series Bearlake based motherboards will be available. Two full-size ATX Bearlake based motherboards are planned—the Bearlake P based Glasston and the Bearlake G based Frostburg. Both boards will have Firewire and Gigabit Ethernet onboard. On the microATX side of things are the Bearlake G based Buffalo Creek and Bearlake QF based Montpelier. Buffalo Creek will be the microATX variant of the full-size ATX Frostburg. Montpelier will be based on Bearlake QF which is an unknown variant at the moment. It wouldn’t be surprising to see Bearlake QF as the replacement for the current value business Q963 chipset.

While the previously reported Intel Desktop Board roadmap has a complete lineup of Desktop Boards Essential Series motherboards the new roadmap has no Essential Series motherboards planned with Bearlake chipsets.

All integrated graphics equipped Bearlake motherboards are expected to have a variant of the Intel GMA 3000/GMA X3000 graphics core with support for Microsoft Windows Vista Premium.

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By GGA1759 on 7/18/2006 12:21:02 PM , Rating: 2
You would think that by 2007, Intel would support 1394b.

RE: 1394a?
By Anh Huynh on 7/18/2006 12:49:23 PM , Rating: 2
Why? Apple is slowly dropping support and most FW800 peripherals are external RAID arrays.

RE: 1394a?
By epsilonparadox on 7/18/2006 1:34:20 PM , Rating: 2
Be that as it may, the VIIV platform should include it since consumer electronics does offer that connection. If the VIIV platform is supposed to be media-centric, it should support both the popular computer and consumer connections.

RE: 1394a?
By Anh Huynh on 7/18/2006 2:01:49 PM , Rating: 2
Which consumer electronics offer it? DV Camcorders still use Firewire and DVD players, Televisions and set top boxes use 1394a.

RE: 1394a?
By jconan on 7/20/2006 4:46:05 AM , Rating: 2
eSATA would be the most logical step and it may be cheaper

RE: 1394a?
By Lord Evermore on 7/18/2006 12:59:16 PM , Rating: 2
You should be amazed they're putting any version on a board at this point. However maybe the fact that Apple buys Intel CPUs now has softened their desire to push USB over Firewire.

RE: 1394a?
By Samus on 7/18/2006 1:54:09 PM , Rating: 2
Unfortunately, keep in mind Intel's USB standard (Intel invented USB) is a competing technology, although dramatically different technically.

It's in their best interest not to support IEEE1394b

RE: 1394a?
By Captmorgan09 on 7/19/2006 10:51:01 AM , Rating: 2
After working with motherboards with 1394b and developing functional tests for them, I've found that 1394b can be very unstable and difficult to test in a manufacturing environment. Also, as other people have pointed out, there are not many peripherals out there which use the 1394b standard. It's not surprising that Intel doesn't include 1394b to keep material and manufacturing costs down.

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