Intel to offer seventh mobile 7-series chipset

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Quite unexpectedly we got our hands on details of a seventh mobile chipset for Intel's upcoming Ivy Bridge processors, a model that has us wondering what Intel is playing at. The chipset appears to be another budget model, yet it offers some additional features compared to chipsets with higher model numbers.

Quite unexpectedly we got our hands on details of a seventh mobile chipset for Intel's upcoming Ivy Bridge processors, a model that has us wondering what Intel is playing at. The chipset appears to be another budget model, yet it offers some additional features compared to chipsets with higher model numbers.

The chipset in question is the HM70 and it appears to be something of a request from OEMs as it's something of a mix between the UM77 and the HM75. For starters it only has four lanes of PCI Express 2.0, the same as the UM77 chipset, yet it has support for two USB 3.0 ports, a feature lacking entirely from the HM75. That said, it still only has half the USB 3.0 ports of the other 7-series chipsets. Intel has also cut the total number of USB 2.0 ports down to a mere six, again the same as the UM77 chipset.

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As we move down the feature list we find that the HM70 only sports four SATA ports of which only one is SATA 6Gbps, once more mimicking the UM77. However, there's no support for RAID or Smart Response, something it shares with the HM75 and HM76. Almost other features are present though with the exception of Anti-Theft technology and the ones intended for corporate and business notebooks. We're not sure why Intel would do a chipset without support for its Anti-Theft technology as this seems rather backwards.

What we don't know if package size or cost, but we'd guess that we're looking at pricing similar to the HM75, so somewhere around the US$40 mark. A very peculiar addition indeed, but a chipset we have a feeling we'll be seeing in a lot more notebooks than the HM75, despite its omissions as we have a feeling that USB 3.0 will be a more appealing selling point for the notebook makers than Anti-Theft technology and additional SATA ports and PCI Express lanes.

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