Oversexed chipset strikes again
Second baby for 815E due in new year
Chipzilla must have been forcing Viagra tablets down the throat of its 815E chipset, for no sooner do we learn it has spawned a mobile offspring (Story: Son of Intel 815E arrives), than do we discover a second ankle-biter is on the way.
Chinese hardware site PCPop has details of the forthcoming 815EP chipset which supports more memory at the expense of losing the on-chip graphics.
The new baby will initially use ICH2 (6 USB ports, ATA/100), but will later be upgraded with ICH3 to offer USB 2.0 support. Like its Dad, the new arrival supports 66, 100 and 133MHz FSB, but will support up to 1.5Gb of SDRAM compared with the 815E's 512Mb. AGP 1x, 2x and 4x are supported and the removal of the Intel 752 graphics subsystem brings the cost down from $33 to under $30 in 1K quantities.
Mobo makers thought to be developing products based on the new chipset include ASUS, Gigabyte, MSI and Abit. Intel will also build mobos using the chip.