ALi ships Tualatin-supporting chipset

Will arrive in volume in time for 0.13 micron PIII

Acer Labs (ALi) today took the wraps off what it reckons in the world's first Pentium III chipset capable of supporting both SDRAM and DDR memory.

Actually that's probably not a first, so ALi qualifies the claim by saying it's the first to do the SDR/DDR thing and support "future Pentium III" processor's - the 0.13 micron Tualatin, in other words - and come in notebook and desktop configurations.

The Aladdin Pro 5T sports a memory controller capable of flipping between regular SDRAM and DDR SDRAM. The chipsets supports both 100MHz and 133MHz frontside bus speeds. ALi has also thrown in the usual AGP 4x and PCI slot (six in this case) support.

The chipset is aimed at both desktop and notebook PC vendors. It comprises a single Northbridge part, the M1651T, and separate Southbridge units, depending on the type of machine the chipset will be incorporated into. The M1535+ part is for notebooks, the M1535D+ for desktops.

Tualatin is due early Q3, as the 0.13 micron version of the PIII, so it's no surprise that the Aladdin Pro 5T chipset, is set to ship in volume by the end of Q2. It's sampling now.

Acer's announcement follows a similar one from SiS, which unveiled its SiS635T, supporting DDR and PC-133 SDRAM, and just PC-133, respectively.

Intel itself will be supporting Tualatin with a B-step upgrade to its 815 family of PIII and Celeron chipsets. ®

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