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Nvidia this week expanded its AMD64-targeted nForce 3 chipset line from one part to three, adding mobile and desktop versions to the workstation chip announced in April.

Joining the Opteron-oriented nForce 3 Pro 150 is the vanilla nForce 3 150 for the Athlon 64 and Athlon 64 FX, and the nForce 3 Go 150 for the mobile version of that chip. The two new versions are now in "mass production" and will be available in "the coming weeks", said Nvidia's European marketing chief, Alain Tiquet.

Parts numbered 250 will ship later this year, the company added. The chips are fabbed at 150nm.

The single-chip solutions hook up to the processor across a HyperTransport link, and provide AGP 8x, Gigabit Ethernet with TCP operation acceleration; Serial ATA with RAID 0, 1 and 0+1; ATA 133; PCI; AC'97 audio; and support for up to eight USB 2.0 ports. For mobile users, the chipsets support ACPI 2.0 and AMD's PowerNow! technology.

Nvidia also launched ForceWare, a bundle comprising all its regular universal drivers and a set of utilities and apps that utilise them. Tools include a RAID set-up utility, system management and power management software, a multi-screen set-up utility, and a multimedia playback application which incorporates TiVo-style digital video recording and electronic programme guide features. And to make sure everyone gets the right idea, Nvidia is bundling a Cg tutorial too. ®

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