Intel PCI Express Platforms

Intel today announced products that usher in a range of audio, video and other capabilities previously found only on specialty PCs. In addition to making the PC experience more entertaining and productive, these technologies pave the way for such emerging capabilities as High Definition (HD) video, 7.1 surround sound and robust file protection for office and home users. A trio of new Intel® chipsets – the “glue” between the microprocessor and the rest of the PC – and several new Intel® Pentium® 4 processors supporting Hyper-Threading Technology (HT1) are the foundation of these new platforms. PCs powered by Intel® 915 G/P and 925X Express Chipsets, formerly codenamed Grantsdale and Alderwood, became commercially available worldwide today. These new chipsets are coupled with the latest Pentium 4 processors supporting HT Technology 5xx sequence, which are built on Intel’s most advanced 90nm manufacturing process technology and run at speeds up to 3.60 GHz.

In one of the most significant PC platform changes in a decade, Intel
Corporation today announced products that usher in a range of audio, video and
other capabilities previously found only on specialty PCs. In addition to making
the PC experience more entertaining and productive, these technologies pave the
way for such emerging capabilities as High Definition (HD) video, 7.1 surround
sound and robust file protection for office and home users.

These technologies are helping create a new kind of PC, an all-in-one "hi-fi"
device with high-definition video, high-fidelity sound and wireless
connectivity, according to
Louis Burns,
vice president and general manager, Intel Desktop Platforms Group.

"Intel innovation is taking the PC through a significant evolution that opens
up a broader set of new consumer uses," Burns said. "This evolution will help
people to better enjoy digital music, photos, videos and games on PCs and other
devices in and around the home. At the same time, the technologies we are
introducing for the PC platform will help drive new uses that boost office
productivity, such as simultaneously using multiple monitors with just one PC to
work on and track several projects."

A trio of new Intel® chipsets – the "glue" between the microprocessor and the
rest of the PC – and several new Intel® Pentium® 4 processors supporting
Hyper-Threading Technology (HT1) are the foundation of these new
platforms. PCs powered by Intel® 915 G/P and 925X Express Chipsets, formerly
codenamed Grantsdale and Alderwood, became commercially available worldwide
today. These new chipsets are coupled with the latest Pentium 4 processors
supporting HT Technology 5xx sequence, which are built on Intel’s most advanced
90nm manufacturing process technology and run at speeds up to 3.60 GHz.

Advanced Sights and Sounds
Audio quality on the PC is upgraded with Intel® High Definition Audio, which
supports 7.1 surround sound. The proliferation of DVDs (more than 1 billion were
sold worldwide in 20032) coupled with the rapidly growing
availability of high-definition video content raise the importance of advanced
audio. These events are leading up to making the PC an "all-in-one"
entertainment device.

The new platforms support other compelling new audio capabilities, such as
the ability to use a simple software setting to turn all the output jacks on a
PC into headphone jacks so several colleagues can listen simultaneously from the
same PC in a quiet environment. This ability gives the consumer much more
flexibility in configuring how audio plays or is recorded on a system. The Intel
High Definition Audio solution also allows the unique capability of sending
multiple sound streams simultaneously through the PC’s output jacks, allowing
one user to listen to an MP3 with headphones while another user is watching a
video with multichannel surround sound from the same PC.

With nearly 70 million digital cameras projected to be sold worldwide in 20043,
billions of digital photographs are finding their way to PCs. The rise of
digital technology means PC users are embracing technologies that can protect
their priceless photo, video and audio memories from accidental loss. On PCs
equipped with multiple hard drives, optional
Intel® Matrix Storage
Technology
can boost storage performance and help protect irreplaceable work
files and personal digital memories through advanced technologies normally found
in data centers (using RAID 0 and 1 capability).

Also introduced is Intel® Wireless Connect Technology4, which
enables consumers to set up and configure a wireless home network in four steps.
On systems configured with an optional version of an Intel 915 G/P or 925X
Express Chipset plus a separate Intel® PRO/Wireless 2225BG Network Connection
solution, this feature allows for easier sharing of digital videos, photos and
music in and around the home or office. It also allows for multiple
wireless-enabled PCs to share one Internet connection or printer. Intel®
Wireless Connect Technology has been introduced with systems expected to be
available in limited quantities later this year.

"These new technologies will help drive the digital revolution in the home
and make the digital office more secure and productive," Burns said. "The Intel
915G Chipset is a key component of the desktop platform for the next iteration
of the Intel® Stable
Image Platform Program
(Intel SIPP). Intel SIPP can help companies reduce IT
costs by simplifying the testing, deployment and management of their PC
infrastructure."

The goal of Intel SIPP is to reduce the number of platform configurations,
resulting in fewer software images in a business IT environment. Wipro NerveWire*
conducted a PC management study and found that an increase in overall IT support
costs directly correlates with the number of desktop PC hardware configurations.
For example, doubling the number of PC configurations in a businesses IT
environment from 20 to 40 increased the annual support cost by 96 percent5.

Improved Graphics Capability
Integrated into the Intel 915G Express Chipset, the Intel® Graphics Media
Accelerator 900 (Intel GMA 900) will provide new graphics features particularly
suited to digital home and office applications. For example, one function allows
workers to use dual-independent displays – utilizing multiple screens with just
one PC – to make use of old monitors and be more productive. Video editors and
people analyzing multiple sets of data are just a few of the users who will
benefit from this capability. Additionally, support for wide screen LCD
televisions has been added to the Intel 915G Express Chipset, including support
for cutting edge HD-TV formats such as 1080i. Today’s 3-D entertainment on the
PC is demanding increased performance; special new features being used in many
of today’s cutting-edge games are supported by Intel GMA 900.

Upgraded Internal Infrastructure
In a major boost to the computer’s video, graphics and overall data throughput
performance, the Intel 915 G/P and 925X Express Chipsets will be Intel’s first
PC chipsets to feature a new higher-speed memory called DDR2, which provides
headroom for the continued growth of PC platform uses. They will also feature
PCI Express* bus architecture, a new, higher bandwidth bus technology with up to
3.7X the throughput capability6 of the decade-old PCI standard. This
increased bandwidth coupled with the multitasking benefits of HT Technology
optimizes playback and simultaneous recording of HD video content, allowing a
user with an HDTV tuner and appropriate software to watch a movie while
recording a television program at the same time on just one PC, all in crisp HD
quality.

Additional technical information about the Intel 915 G/P and 925X Express
Chipsets is available at:

http://developer.intel.com/design/chipsets.

Specifications, Pricing and Availability
The new family of Intel Pentium 4 processors supporting HT Technology 5xx
sequence features an innovative new package called LGA775. This new package will
provide headroom for future technologies and improve electrical characteristics
of the connection to the motherboard. The Intel Pentium 4 processor supporting
HT Technology Extreme Edition family has also been implemented in this new
package with the 3.40 GHz part.

For computer makers and system integrators, Intel also announced availability
of ATX and micro-ATX form factor desktop motherboards. Additional technical
information on these desktop boards is available at:

http://developer.intel.com/design/motherbd.

Systems and motherboards with these processors and chipsets are currently
shipping in volume with solutions available from major OEMs and more than
150,000 Intel® Resellers around the world. For more information visit
www.intel.com/reseller.

Intel® Wireless Connect Technology requires an Intel® 915 G/P or 925X Express
Chipset with Intel® 82801FW or RW (ICH6W or RW) I/O Controller Hub and purchase
of a separate Intel® PRO/Wireless 2225BG Network Connection solution.
Availability will be limited.

ProcessorFrequencyPackaging TechnologyFront Side Bus (FSB)On-die CachePrice in 1,000-Unit Quantities
Intel Pentium 4 processor Supporting HT
Technology Extreme Edition 3.40 GHz
3.40 GHzLGA775800 MHz512K L2, 2M L3$ 999
Intel Pentium 4 processor Supporting HT
Technology 560
3.60 GHzLGA775800 MHz1MB L2$ 637
Intel Pentium 4 processor Supporting HT
Technology 550
3.40 GHzLGA775800 MHz1 MB L2$ 417
Intel Pentium 4 processor Supporting HT
Technology 540
3.20 GHzLGA775800 MHz1 MB L2$ 278
Intel Pentium 4 processor Supporting HT
Technology 530
3.00 GHzLGA775800 MHz1 MB L2$ 218
Intel Pentium 4 processor Supporting HT
Technology 520
2.80 GHzLGA775800 MHz1 MB L2 $ 178
Express ChipsetAvailable FeaturesPrice in
1,000-Unit
Quantities
Intel® 925X
Express Chipset
High performance Intel desktop chipset, DDR2
memory only + 915P features (excluding DDR1 memory support)
$ 50
Intel® 915G
Express Chipset
Intel® GMA 900 graphics + 915P features$ 41
Intel® 915P
Express Chipset
800MHz and 533MHz FSB, Dual channel DDR/DDR2
memory, PCI Express* bus architecture and x16 graphics, High Definition
Audio, Intel® Wireless Connect Technology4, Intel® Matrix Storage
Technology, ICH6, support for LGA775 CPUs and HT
$ 37
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