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Intel's roadmap reveals more about the Viiv platform, and Conroe's VRM problem

Intel quietly released a list of Viiv specifications to its manufacturing partners last week.  Intel's Viiv platform is an attempt to unify PC components into a concise, easily supported platform for media center PCs.  Unfortunately, the project is already starting to show some missteps -- the Intel Conroe CPU, the workhorse of the Intel Viiv 1.5 and 1.6 platform, are not compatible with Viiv 1.0. 

Documents from Intel mentioned that the next generation Intel desktop processor, Conroe, will require a platform refresh on existing chipsets.  The upcoming Intel G965 and P965 chipsets will support Conroe, but any other Intel chipsets from 975X on down will require a modified VRM and BIOS updates.  The VRM, or voltage regulator module, is the component on the motherboard that adjusts the voltages to the CPU.  Even if today's chipsets are physically compatible with Conroe, no motherboard today will support the CPU if manufacturers followed the VRM guidelines set forth by Intel when those chipsets were designed.

The major software change to Viiv will be the operating system.  Viiv 1.5 will feature Microsoft Windows XP MCE, while 1.6 will feature Microsoft Vista Premium. Windows Vista is due out later this year after the Intel Conroe processor launch.  A footnote declares that the 1.5 Viiv software package will be available June or July of 2006.

Another new addition to the Viiv platform will be the addition of 802.11 a, b and g WiFi chipsets.  The specification details that the 3945ABG or the 3965ABG WiFi chipsets may be added to a Viiv device and still receive support from the platform software.

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By Griswold on 2/15/2006 10:31:55 AM , Rating: 2
socket am2 cant even use the heatsinks from the older one even though they probably could make it work.

They actually improved the design from what I saw. Made it more stable. Whats wrong with that? Besides that, if I was to "upgrade" from my current X2 system to a AM2 box, the HSF would be the last thing i'd move over to the new box - I would want that old system to remain operational, as I have to buy a new mobo, CPU and RAM anyway. The point here is, you have to buy a new CPU and Mobo due to DDR2 support, not because you need a new HSF.

socket 754 and socket 939 do not work together.

I hope you know why that is.. hint: dual channel memory.

and socket 940 chips cant work in the other 2 sockets either.

You do know that the current 940 socket CPU's require registered memory and therefore are not really want you want on the desktop in most cases? I could agree with you on the initial S940 A64's for the desktop. I didnt understand why AMD made that move, however, it was only a shortlived accident.

I wont comment on the yapping after this, as that is years old stuff. However, we're talking about Intel changing sockets and chipsets like others change their underwear over the last 6 to 12 months and another 6 months in the future.

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