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AMD's next integrated graphics chipset to feature HyperFlash

AMD’s latest roadmap reveals more details of its upcoming next-generation RS780 chipset. AMD plans to target the chipset towards consumer and commercial desktop platforms, with minor differences for each respective segment. AMD designed the RS780 to accommodate its upcoming Socket AM2+ processors with HyperTransport 3.0.

The RS780 sports a new graphics core with AMD’s Universal Video Decoder, or UVD, technology for hardware acceleration of H.264 and VC-1 video formats. The new chipset supports DisplayPort, DVI and HDMI digital video output interfaces. AMD also integrates an audio controller for simultaneous audio and video output over HDMI. The chipset also integrates HDCP support.

Additionally, the chipset supports TV-out, VGA and LVDS outputs. The graphics core also has two independent display controllers for dual independent displays.  The local frame buffer feature will make a return on the RS780, allowing manufacturers to equip the graphics core with dedicated video memory. Users that prefer more 3D graphics power can install an external graphics card via a PCIe 2.0 x16 slot. The RS780 will also have additional PCIe 2.0 lanes for lesser slots.

New to the RS780 platform is the SB700 south bridge. The SB700 does away with all PCIe lanes and only supports PCI, because all PCIe functionality has moved to the north bridge. AMD increases USB support to 12 USB 2.0 ports plus an additional 2 USB 1.1 ports. The new south bridge supports up to six SATA 3.0 Gbps ports with RAID 0, 1 and 10 support. IDE remains a supported feature of the SB700. However, AMD designates the IDE port for double duty – a physical PATA port or for HyperFlash. HyperFlash is AMD’s name for its Intel Turbo Memory competitor.

RS780 for commercial platform has one minor difference compared to the consumer platform. AMD designates a Broadcom BCM5761 managed NIC controller for the commercial platforms. The managed NIC allows for remote management, similar to Intel’s AMT technology. AMD also recommends a TPM 1.2 module for greater security.

Expect AMD to unveil the RS780 sometime next year.

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RE: All talk
By wingless on 7/30/2007 10:08:22 PM , Rating: 2
Do you really mean to say that your single HD 2900XT is faster than two 7900GT's in SLI? I hope you are telling the truth because I just ordered a 2900XT. I have a volt modded MSI 7900GT that runs at 600/850 stable.

Also about this chipset news, I hope AMD will hatch plans to allow the discrete GPU to work with the chipset GPU like Nvidia is planning. Maybe the UVD on the chipset can decode movies while the 2900XT deals with the games. All thats necessary is a little driver magic from AMD's overburdened driver team LOL.

RE: All talk
By OPR8R on 7/30/2007 10:41:26 PM , Rating: 2
I use a 23" 1920x1200 monitor. I was running into frame rate issues w/some of the newer games. It's not an issue now, but that's not to say your experience will be the same. I don't think you'll be disappointed though. Good luck...

RE: All talk
By JonnyDough on 7/31/2007 4:08:47 PM , Rating: 1
It's no secret that the new families from both ATI and NVidia top the last by a good margin. Don't you read hardware reviews before you buy? Not every application will be outdone by a new generation single card over last generation's SLI, but most will. Check out Tom's Hardware 2007 VGA performance chart.

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