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Integrated Pentium 4 chipset from Intel comes earlier

Integrated Pentium 4 chipset from Intel comes earlier

Due to the obvious demand for or interest in Pentium 4 chipsets with integrated graphics cards, which so far have only been covered by VIA and SiS, Intel has apparently decided to bring forward the introduction of its own Pentium 4 chipset with integrated graphics.

This means that the chip, which is currently under the code name Brookdale-G (G for Graphic), is not intended in the third, but rather appear in the second quarter of 2002. The release of the new Southbridge, the input/output controller hub in version 4 (ICH4), should also fall on a date in the second quarter. The most important innovation of the ICH4 will be support for USB 2.0, the maximum bandwidth of which has now been increased to 480 Mbit/s. However, there will be no support for Ultra ATA133, as Intel does not want to support this specification set by Maxtor. With the introduction of one quarter ahead, Intel is reacting to competitors such as SiS and VIA, which for their part already have products with integrated graphics on the market or shortly before the mass product. SiS will go into mass production with the SiS650 this month, followed by VIA with the P4M266 in November. The successor to the P4M266, the P4M333 with PC2700 support, which the SiS650 has already mastered, is to run off the assembly line together with the Brookdale-G. Incidentally, with Asus and Gigabyte, two market leaders have decided to develop SiS650-based motherboards for the low-end OEM market. So Intel would do well not to leave the market to the competition.