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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: IDE hate
By DeepThought86 on 7/31/2007 10:53:17 AM , Rating: 1
It's not just Vista, plenty of Linux kernels that aren't recent don't support SATA.

But why would you support making IDE something non-native i.e requiring a driver, and reducing the number of ports to one or zero??? If anything should be removed it's the floppy port, and keep the 2 PATA ports. Why should PATA be dropped just because SATA comes along. It cuts the chipset manufacturer's costs but it doesn't benefit consumers at all.

With people as gullible as you, manufacturers can prematurely drop support for things to save 50 cents per m/b, while the user shells out $100 for a new drive.

RE: IDE hate
By omnicronx on 7/31/2007 11:39:53 AM , Rating: 2
You should do your homework, Vista does support many sata controllers natively, I have it installed on 3 machines with only sata, and i did not have to press F6 to install. Linux is in the same boat, certain more popular controllers are supported, and actually have been a lot longer than in windows. I currently run Ubuntu, and it also supported my controller.

by the way, each of my computers has a different sata controller.

RE: IDE hate
By Polynikes on 7/31/2007 2:50:02 PM , Rating: 2
That's encouraging to hear. Maybe someday it will be the same with RAID. For once, it'd be nice to not have to bother with drivers during OS installation.

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