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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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IDE Hate...
By DeepBlue1975 on 7/31/2007 9:13:56 AM , Rating: 2
For all out there complaining about the increasing lack of IDE support in new motherboards...
How many years have we been using those ugly, fat, inflexible, air circulation obstructing wires?
I'm 32yo and had my first IDE hard drive back in 1991. That was almost 17 years back!!!
Would you also like to keep ISA bus connectors?
If you need to use an IDE drive (I do have one), and your motherboard doesn't support it, you can always get a spare controller... and use it as a second drive.
You can't expect standards to last and be de facto supported forever in the hardware industry, when some new standard is widely accepted as an able and capable replacement for the old one.
Nowadays HDDs are dirt cheap, at less than $100 for 200gb+ drives, if you can't justify to expend that money on a new drive, then you also aren't going to justify to expend what a motherboard's worth by these days (yeah, hard drive prices fall, but motherboards seem to be getting more expensive everyday...)

RE: IDE Hate...
By lucyphil on 8/1/2007 12:41:19 PM , Rating: 2
Dude, spending $100 on a hard drive because the motherboard maker wanted to save $1 on an extra port IS VERY STUPID

RE: IDE Hate...
By namechamps on 8/4/2007 12:41:43 AM , Rating: 2
SATA came out 4 years ago. SATA marketshare is now greater than IDE. You can use a SATA/IDE converter to connect your legacy drive to the SATA port. You could also buy a $10 IDE controller card ($19 for silicon image or promise brand).

The world is not ending.
All tech is replaced eventually.

Just so you are not outraged let me give you a preview so you can start planning now.

Likely in 2016 your MB will only have:
USB & Firewire (no PS2, serial, or parallel ports).
PCIe 2.0 (no ISA, VESA local bus, AGP, or PCI)
DDR3 or 4 or maybe even 5 (DDR or SDRAM will no longer be supported).

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