First details on Intel's Springdale
Intel recently informed the mainboard manufacturers about some details of their own future products, including a new Pentium 4 chipset with the code name Springdale, on which they are already working feverishly. This new chipset should be found on the first mainboards in mid-2003.
It should replace the Brookdale chipset, which was continued until then. The Springdale will use memory according to the DDRII + specification and not as previously planned on simple memory according to the DDRII specification. Thanks to this decision, it will be possible to operate it at a frequency of 533MHz (DDR), which would result in an impressive bandwidth of 4.3GB/s. This in turn corresponds to the full bandwidth of the 533MHz Quad Pumped Bus with which the new Pentium 4 models with Northwood core will be operated in the next year.
The Springdale is supposed to support both the Pentium 4 with Northwood Core, which will be introduced in early 2002 with 400MHz and later with 533MHz Quad Pumped Bus and manufactured in 0.13µm, as well as its successor, the Prescott. Incidentally, the Prescott is to be produced with 0.09 µm manufacturing technology and presented together with the Springdale. Together with the introduction of Springdale, Intel also wants to introduce version 5 of the input/output controller hub (ICH5). Understandably, this will replace the ICH4, which will see the light of day in the second quarter of next year together with the Brookdale-E and Brookdale-G. Contrary to the initial plans, the ICH5 will then offer SerialATA support for the first time, which was actually already planned for the ICH4, but was pushed into the planning of the next version due to the advanced start of the ICH4. Furthermore, the ICH5 will be a wireless network controller according to 802.11 specification, as well as USB 2.0 support, which we will already see with the ICH4,include.