Intel yesterday unveiled three new chips that it claimed would reduce the cost of PC production and enable richer digital media, gaming and broadband experiences.
The company said that the 845G, 845E and 845GL chipsets include integrated Hi-Speed USB 2.0, which increases bandwidth by up to 40 times over today's USB 1.1 interface.
Users would be able to burn CDs six times faster, according to Intel.
Louis Burns, vice president of the chip giant's desktop platforms group, explained that the chips would enable PCs to more easily connect "to digital devices [and allow] faster transfer and manipulation of digital photos, music and video".
The 845G chipset, dubbed Extreme Graphics, will support Pentium 4 processors, said Burns, while the 845GL would enhance Celeron-based PCs.
Intel is hoping to cash in on the home and business use of digital technologies. According to research group InfoTrends, 60 per cent of US families could have digital cameras by the end of 2002.
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