NVIDIA MPC61 receives a single-chip overhaul

NVIDIA expects to release its next-generation integrated graphics chipset for AMD’s Socket AM2 platform next quarter. Currently known as MCP68, the new chipset packs new high-definition video capabilities and a GeForce 7-series derived integrated graphics core.

New to the GeForce 7-series derived graphics core are new output capabilities. The current GeForce 6150 and nForce 430 is reliant on sDVO-bus TMDS and HDMI controllers, but the new MCP68 also integrates HDMI and DVI output capabilities. NVIDIA will integrate the HDCP keys onto the MCP68 itself too, making it an ideal for high-definition television sets.  

Digital video connections aside, the upcoming MCP68 retains support for VGA D-Sub, S-video, composite and component video outputs for broad display compatibility. Topping off the list of video features is support for PureVideo HD technology for hardware accelerated high-definition video decoding. Video formats supported by NVIDIA’s PureVideo HD technology include H.264, VC-1 and MPEG2; however, the MCP68 IGP will only accelerate videos with resolutions up to 720p.

Those hoping for DirectX 10 compatibility will be disappointed, as the MCP68 is still a DirectX 9 design. Nevertheless, MCP68 will be Microsoft Windows Vista Premium certified with support for Aero glass.

MCP68 will also support one full-speed PCIe x16 slot for graphics expansion and three PCIe x1 slots. On the storage side of things, MCP68 will support four SATA 3.0 Gbps ports and a single PATA channel, surprisingly. Other notable features of the MCP68 include 12 USB 2.0 ports and Gigabit Ethernet.

MCP68 is currently sampling and in its A02 revision. Expect NVIDIA to start production next month. NVIDIA's MCP72 is slated to become the next-generation core logic for AMD platforms after MCP68.

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