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Intel grabs 21 June for Grantsdale launch

Alderwood, 775-pin Pentium 4s, too

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Intel will ship its Pentium 4 chipset, 'Grantsdale', as the i915 family on 21 June, alongside a set of 775-pin processors, sources familiar with the chip giant's plans have claimed.

As reported by Xbit Labs, the sources say Intel will formally announce the i915 name next week at Computex, re-christening its high-end P4 chipset 'Alderwood' as the i925 at the same time.

Many of Grantsdale's features - DDR 2 SDRAM support; PCI Express; Serial ATA; Hi-Definition Audio; restyling Extreme Graphics 3 as the Graphics Media Accelerator 900; soft wireless access point technology - are well known, but sources close to the company tell The Register that the Intel will announce a number of features that have not yet leaked out.

The GMA 900, for instance, is known to support DirectX 9.0's pixel shader 2.0 specification - vertex shaders are handled in software. It also supports OpenGL 1.4. It can handle dual displays, using RGB, DVI, 1080i and 720p HDTV, s-video, and composite and component outputs. The graphics core is clocked at 333MHz. ®

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