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Abit X38 Express based IX38-MAX (Source: DailyTech, Anh T. Huynh)
Intel plans the successor for "Bearlake"

Intel guidance released its Bearlake-family chipset this year, first with the G33 and P35 Express models and later on with the G35 and X38 Express. Although Intel is still in the process of launching Bearlake, its latest roadmap has further details on Bearlake's successor – Eaglelake.

Eaglelake spawns the usual P, G and Q variants for consumer and business platforms. The Eaglelake-family features support for Intel Penryn-family, Yorkfield and Wolfdale, and other processors with front-side buses up to 1333 MHz. Intel continues to equip the Eaglelake-family with DDR3 and DDR2 memory controllers. DDR3-1333 and DDR2-800 are still the memory speeds of choice with Eaglelake. Eaglelake also introduces PCIe 2.0 for discrete graphics to the mainstream with all variants. Strangely, PCIe signaling on the south bridge is not PCIe 2.0 compliant.

Intel pairs the Eaglelake-family with a new ICH10 south bridge. Intel has put the ICH10 on a diet. ICH10 only provides Serial ATA, PCIe, USB and high-definition audio – essentially legacy free. New to the ICH10 south bridge are FIS-based port multipliers. Multiple SATA devices can piggyback off a single SATA port with FIS-based port multipliers, without sacrificing I/O performance.

Intel plans to replace the P35 Express with Eaglelake-P. This time around, Eaglelake-P packs in support for dual PCIe 2.0 x16 slots with x8 signaling. Intel makes no mention of CrossFire or SLI support; however, since previous Intel chipsets supported CrossFire, expect the same with Eaglelake-P.

The Eaglelake-G features an enhanced integrated graphics core with more native video output capabilities. Intel integrates native DVI, DisplayPort and HDMI output capabilities in Eaglelake-G, removing the need for external ADD2 cards. The integrated graphics core also packs Intel Clear Video technology for enhanced video playback capabilities. The Clear Video equipped graphics core accelerates H.264 and VC-1 decoding for HD DVD and Blu-ray video playback. Eaglelake-G also features a DirectX 10 compliant graphics core.

Eaglelake-Q forms the basis of Intel’s upcoming McCreary vPro platform. Intel ups the ante on management security with Eaglelake-Q. Eaglelake-Q on McCreary features Intel AMT 5.0, VT for Directed I/O, Trusted Execution Technology and an integrated TPM 1.2 module. Business users that have no need for the mentioned technologies can opt for a barebones Eaglelake-Q based McCreary Fundamental platform, which is simply Eaglelake-Q without the fancy features.

Expect the Eaglelake-family to begin launching Q2’2008.

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X38 counterpart
By jay0110 on 7/17/2007 3:33:51 PM , Rating: 4
X38 sounds extremely promising, I'm wondering if there are any published or leaked roadmaps regarding nVidia's next chipset.

I'm really interested in nVidia's answer to X38, if they have one.

RE: X38 counterpart
By Lightning III on 7/17/07, Rating: -1
RE: X38 counterpart
By Anh Huynh on 7/17/2007 3:59:20 PM , Rating: 2
Nothing on the NVIDIA front until they release the IGP chipset for Intel processors. Aside from that, NVIDIA is happy to notify everyone the nForce 680i can support 1333 MHz front-side bus processors and just a BIOS flash away from supporting Penryn.

RE: X38 counterpart
By PlasmaBomb on 7/18/2007 9:27:01 AM , Rating: 2
They must be working on some sort of new chipset to support PCIe 2.0 though?

About time
By Mudvillager on 7/17/2007 4:19:55 PM , Rating: 1
Intel has put the ICH10 on a diet. ICH10 only provides Serial ATA, PCIe, USB and high-definition audio – essentially legacy free.

Too bad the conservative mobo manufacturers will continue putting legacy connections/ports on the PCBs.

RE: About time
By mlau on 7/18/2007 1:13:20 AM , Rating: 2
These "legacy" connections have for years now been
provided by super-io chips (ITE88xx family for example).
One reason is that older windows versions are not too happy
about the missing 8042 kbd controller; another one is that
the RS232 is a very nice debug port (the 16550 is well-understood and easy to drive from assembly code) for
bios makers. The USB-RS232 converters are _all_ a piece of
crap and unsuitable for realiable rs232 communications, especially at higher speeds and low-latency requirements
(but that's a design flaw of the USB spec anyway)

RE: About time
By FightingChance on 7/18/07, Rating: 0
RE: About time
By FightingChance on 7/18/2007 9:36:21 PM , Rating: 2
Oh, it appears I've angered some peripheral purists out there - sorry old timers. ;]

I wonder...
By jacarte8 on 7/17/2007 4:06:51 PM , Rating: 2
I look forward to benchmarks where the "DirectX 10" core outpaces the ATI Radeon 2600...

Before flaming, I own a 1650XT... everyone calm down.

RE: I wonder...
By mlau on 7/18/2007 1:05:39 AM , Rating: 2
Well on Linux, this already true today ;)
(Yes, ATI and not-windows is a very sad state of affairs)

By Armorize on 7/17/2007 6:07:32 PM , Rating: 2
cant upgrade my system until this comes out =(. Theres no point in buying a p35 or g33 now when this mobo is around the corner. On top of that the new bumped up series core2 is comming out soon... and nehalem around the corner too.... its a silicon overload i tell you!

By Redofrac on 7/17/2007 7:27:20 PM , Rating: 2
A bit less than a year is right around the corner?

i like, very nice
By GhandiInstinct on 7/17/2007 3:05:52 PM , Rating: 1
Oooh, a G35 model. I'm getting that one so it matches my car.

Jokes aside, this board looks very, very promising.

A question to DailTech, is it possible to have the comment form under the article page instead of its own page?

RE: i like, very nice
By Visual on 7/18/2007 6:01:16 AM , Rating: 2
everything is possible - but a comment form at the bottom doesn't make sense when you're replying to a specific comment instead of the thread in general.

By Aeros on 7/17/2007 4:28:55 PM , Rating: 1
Strangely, PCIe signaling on the south bridge is not PCIe 2.0 compliant.

Will this mean only one x16 lane is PCIe 2.0 compliant, and thus the chipset can only support the new standard for one of the two FX cards installed?

RE: Southbridge?
By Anh Huynh on 7/17/2007 4:35:47 PM , Rating: 2
The PCIe x1 slots are typically run off the south bridge. The dual PCIe x16 slots for graphics will be PCIe 2.0 compliant.

By HotdogIT on 7/17/2007 3:58:59 PM , Rating: 2
I realize the majority of the responsibility for getting SLI lies with Nvidia, but with the whole AMD/ATI thing going on, you'd think two things:

1) Intel wouldn't be too thrilled with Crossfire support
2) Nvidia might view SLI on non-Nvidia chipsets as a way to further put pressure on ATI.

But then again, maybe the chipset market is too lucrative for Nvidia to license SLI to Intel.

Sounds like advertisement?
By iwod on 7/17/2007 9:39:49 PM , Rating: 2
I hope Dailytech can provide more insight into these new product when more details are out.

Direct 10 Hardware capability - I though this has been there since G965 or the X3000 Series. So what exactly is new?

Intel Clear Video Technology - the same thing we have seen over and over again. Is this actually new? Or has H.264 Hardware decoding ability been hidden in all previous version?

Any new Audio Enhancement? I dont know if any user are interested 20 Trillion : 1 Speaker Config. Would be nice if they could focus back on good old basic 2:1 sound quality.

"And boy have we patented it!" -- Steve Jobs, Macworld 2007
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