Intel OEMs will this week receive details of the chip giant?s Whitney chipset.
Intended for the Celeron platform, Whitney combines the i740 graphics core with the Intel 440LX chipset to boost low end PC performance.
The chipset is a way of optimising graphics performance for Celeron and other microprocessors in the run up to Intel?s forthcoming Portola chip - the next generation of the i740 chip using Katmai. It will support both television output and video capture.
However Intel?s decision to integrate a microprocessor with its graphics chip could attract further pressure from the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC), which according to sources, is already extending its investigation of the company?s activities.
According to US reports, Whitney will initially be used with the 330MHz Celeron processor with an integrated 128Kbytes of level two cache. The chipset will arrive in multiple versions, offering different levels of I/O targeted at different markets.
The arrival of the chipset will coincide with the release of Mendocino towards the end of this year.
The news that Intel will integrate the graphics functions of the i740 with the microprocessor is not a surprise but it is certain to raise the ire of third party semiconductor companies and also independent motherboard vendors.
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