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Say hello to Intel's "3 Series"

DailyTech has stumbled across Intel’s latest roadmap that reveals the naming scheme for its upcoming Bearlake chipsets. Bearlake is Intel’s upcoming replacement for the current Broadwater 96x series of chipsets and expected to arrive in 2007. Six variants of Bearlake are expected in the form of Bearlake-Q, Bearlake-QF, Bearlake-X, Bearlake-P, Bearlake-G+ and Bearlake-G. Intel’s upcoming Bearlake series has been named the “3 Series.” On the vPro side of things, Bearlake-Q and Bearlake-QF have been named Intel Q35 and Q33 Express respectively. Consumer high end chipsets Bearlake-X and Bearlake-P will receive the Intel X38 and P35 Express names respectively while mainstream Bearlake-G+ and Bearlake-G receive the Intel G35 and G33 names.

Intel’s upcoming X38 Express chipset is expected to replace the current Intel 975X Express chipset. The X38 Express brings new features such as PCI Express 2.0 compatibility as well as two full speed PCI Express x16 slots. DDR3 1333 will be the memory standard of choice. On the premium and mainstream side of things is Intel’s G33, G35 and P35 Express chipsets. Intel’s upcoming G33 Express chipset will feature a graphics core that features Intel Clear Video Technology. Memory support on G33 Express will be limited to DDR3-1066 or DDR2-800. Front-side bus speeds of 1333 MHz are supported with the mainstream G33 Express. Stepping up a notch is the G35 Express which features a DirectX 10 compatible graphics core. G35 Express will fully support high definition content playback with HDCP protection. DDR3-1066, DDR2-800 and a 1333 MHz front-side bus are also supported. Intel’s P35 Express will be similar to G35 Express except with the integrated graphics core removed. Intel’s X38, G33, G35 and P35 will be paired with upcoming ICH9, ICH9R and ICH9DH south bridges.

Moving into 2007 are new platforms as well. The current Averill vPro professional platform will be replaced by the upcoming Weybridge Pro platform. Weybridge Pro is expected to arrive in Q3’07 and based around Intel’s Q35 Express chipset. New features to Weybridge Pro include Intel’s AMT Pro and Intel Trusted Execution Technology (TXT). Intel’s Trusted Execution Technology is new and is designed to protect sensitive information from software attacks. This is performed without compromising usability. Weybridge Pro will also support Intel’s upcoming 1333 MHz front-side bus processors as well.

Catered towards business users that don’t need advanced management capabilities is the Weybridge Fundamental platform which is expected to arrive the same time as Weybridge Pro. Weybridge Fundamental is based around Intel’s upcoming Q33 Express chipset and adds support for Intel’s AMT technology—a feature only available on Intel’s vPro platform. In addition to Intel AMT, Weybridge Fundamental will be upgraded to support 1066 MHz front-side bus processors. While there’s no platform naming, Intel will also position its 946GZ chipset with Pentium D and Pentium E1000 series processors towards the budget business user.

On the desktop side of things, Intel’s enthusiast platform retains the Extreme Platform moniker, albeit the Intel X38 Express chipset replaces the current 975X Express chipset in Q3’07. Two premium/mainstream platforms will be available this time around in the form of Salt Creek and Santa Rosa Desktop. Salt Creek is based around Intel’s upcoming Core 2 Quad Q6600 processor and existing Core 2 Duo processors. Premium Salt Creek platforms will feature Intel’s P35, G35 and X38 chipsets while mainstream platforms will feature Intel’s G33 Express chipset. Santa Rosa Desktop systems will feature Core 2 Duo T7000 series processors coupled with Intel’s GM965 or PM965 Express chipsets and essentially be a mobile on desktop platform. Intel Extreme Platform, Salt Creek and Santa Rosa Desktop platforms are all part of Intel’s Viiv multimedia platform. At the value end of things is Intel’s 946GZ Express chipset paired with Intel Pentium E1000 and Celeron 400 series processors.

Lastly is Intel’s single processor workstation platform. Current Wyloway single processor platform based around Intel’s 975X Express chipset will be replaced by the upcoming Garlow WS platform. Garlow WS  is expected to arrive Q3’07 and feature Intel’s upcoming X38 chipset with support for dual and quad-core processors.

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By ForumMaster on 10/17/2006 1:50:11 PM , Rating: 1
intel is already pushing DDR3? what payment are they getting from the memory companies? i still use DDR. DDR2 is finally starting to become common. now DDR3? why not skip DDR3 and go straight to DDR4? DDR4 is already being used on the x1950 pro-xt. why not use it instead?

By Phynaz on 10/17/06, Rating: -1
By BladeVenom on 10/17/2006 3:07:21 PM , Rating: 1
ATI's next generation of video cards that is suppose to come out in Febuary is going to use DDR4. Samsung is already making it, and shipping it to video card companies.

By kamel5547 on 10/17/2006 3:16:41 PM , Rating: 4
As someone has noted there is a difference between GDDR and DDR... the memory used by video cards is NOT the same as that used by your CPU (although it sure would simplfy things and probably bring costs down...). DDR4 does not exists, and is not in production.

By Samus on 10/17/2006 5:11:24 PM , Rating: 2
correct. do you have any idea how much a gig of gddr4 would cost, even if it were implementable as chipset compatible for desktops? and unlike ddr, gddr doesn't drop in price as a new technology until a newer technology threatens to replace it.

By archcommus on 10/17/2006 1:59:53 PM , Rating: 2
GPU memory is different from system memory. I think DDR3 is the last desktop memory transition we'll see for awhile, all it really offers over DDR2 is large power savings.

With that said, I currently have an A64 CPU and DDR memory, and I'm going to try to skip dual core/DDR2 entirely and go straight to quad core/DDR3 maybe mid to late next year. If it will be affordable, however.

By Korvon on 10/17/2006 2:27:20 PM , Rating: 2
DDR3 also has higher clock speeds.

By FITCamaro on 10/17/2006 2:38:18 PM , Rating: 3
GPUs are using GDDR3 and GDDR4(currently only used by the X1950). GDDR is different than DDR.

I do agree that I think its a little soon to be moving to DDR3 though. DDR2 is finally coming into full swing. Lets stick with a standard for a little longer please Intel. I really doubt the extra memory bandwidth is going to be used on a platform that doesn't have an IMC.

By MonkeyPaw on 10/17/2006 2:58:55 PM , Rating: 3
AMD is also planning to move to DDR3 ASAP. It makes sense with the quad-core plans of both AMD and Intel, since DDR3 will provide both a boost in bandwidth and a decrease in power consumption. Back at launch, I remember quite a few people saying that DDR2 would not have a very long life relative to previous memory technologies. One of the more exciting rumors I've heard was that DDR3 might be able to forgo the FB-DIMM approach in server/workstation applications, making for simpler, cheaper, more efficient memory modules. AMD was supposedly involved in this development, but I guess we'll see if that pans out.

By JeffDM on 10/17/2006 11:24:11 PM , Rating: 3
One of the more exciting rumors I've heard was that DDR3 might be able to forgo the FB-DIMM approach in server/workstation applications, making for simpler, cheaper, more efficient memory modules.

I don't know about that. Maybe.

My understanding is that FB-DIMMs will have DDR3 chips on-board when they are available. Basically, each FB-D has its own on-module parallel memory bus that is abstracted away from the computer. With a different AMB chip to account for the new memory standard, you can probably drop in DDR3-based FB-Ds along side DDR2-based modules.

By 6qzdhngj83b4msx on 10/17/2006 2:46:12 PM , Rating: 2
x1950 pro-xt uses G DDR4, with stands for GRAPHICS DDR4. Of course this kind of memory cannot be used by the system itself. Do not confuse yourself ;)

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