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IDF Spring 05 Intel's 'desktrino' Centrino-style desktop platforms will come in two varieties, the chip maker revealed today: one for home PCs, the other for office-oriented machines.

The platforms' go-to-market names have not yet been made public, but the their codenames, respectively 'Anchor Creek' and 'Lyndon', were revealed today.

The former will ship in a range of configurations based on the upcoming dual-core Pentium D and that chip's HyperThreading-equipped alternative, the Pentium Extreme Edition. Both will be coupled with the 945G or the 955X chipset, and Intel's 83573E LAN chip.

Lyndon will comprise the PD and today's P4 processors; the 954G and 955X chipsets; Intel's Pro 1000PM LAN adaptor; and the company's Active Management Technology.

Both platforms will continue into the 65nm era, taking on board the upcoming 'Presler' dual-core chip and its single-core sibling, 'Cedar Mill', when the appear in Q1 2006.

Missing from Intel's revelations today was 'East Fork', which emerged late last year as Intel's putative home PC platform. Of course, East Fork's functionality could be provided by high-end Anchor Creek systems, so East Fork may represent something else altogether, it may have been subsumed into Anchor Creek, or it may simply have never been an Intel codename in the first place.

The 945G and 955X represent the official names of the chipsets Intel codenamed 'Lakeport' and 'Glenwood', a fact Intel confirmed last month. The 945G will be accompanied by the 945P, which lacks its integrated graphics core, as does the 955X.

Intel today re-iterated the 955X's support for dual-channel DDR 2 SDRAM clocked at 667MHz, with support for ECC memory. The chipsets' ICH7 South Bridge is capable of running four Serial ATA drives with Intel Matrix Storage Technology - the chip maker's RAID implementation. The part suppots RAID 10, said Intel Digital Enterprise Group VP Stephen Smith, which provides "RAID 0 performance with RAID 1 reliability".

Next year will see Intel debut 'Broadwater', the successor to the 945/955, which will be a key component of 'Averill', the platform that builds on Lyndon by adding support for a future generation of Intel's Active Management Technology and finally brings in 'LaGrande', Intel's security system. LaGrande won't be released until 'Longhorn', the next major release of Windows ship - possibly in 2006. ®

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