Intel "Bearlake" Plans Unveiled
Anh Tuan Huynh
October 17, 2006 1:24 PM
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Say hello to Intel's "3 Series"
has stumbled across Intel’s latest roadmap that reveals the naming scheme for its
is Intel’s upcoming replacement for the
96x series of chipsets
and expected to arrive in 2007. Six variants of
are expected in the form of
Bearlake-Q, Bearlake-QF, Bearlake-X, Bearlake-P, Bearlake-G+
. Intel’s upcoming
series has been named the “3 Series.” On the vPro side of things,
have been named Intel Q35 and Q33 Express respectively. Consumer high end chipsets
will receive the Intel X38 and P35 Express names respectively while mainstream
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
vPro professional platform
will be replaced by the upcoming
is expected to arrive in Q3’07 and based around Intel’s Q35 Express chipset. New features to
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.
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
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,
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
Santa Rosa Desktop
is based around Intel’s upcoming
Core 2 Quad Q6600 processor
and existing Core 2 Duo processors. Premium
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,
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
single processor platform
based around Intel’s 975X Express chipset will be replaced by the upcoming
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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10/17/2006 2:38:18 PM
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.
10/17/2006 2:58:55 PM
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.
10/17/2006 11:24:11 PM
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.
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