CNN Money: Intel Grantsdale

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New Intel chip to boost PC graphics

Chips aimed at boosting performance as Intel looks to make computers entertainment centers.

June 17, 2004: 6:56 AM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Intel Corp., the world's largest chip maker, is set to launch Thursday a highly-anticipated new chip designed to sharply improve and expand the power of personal computers.

Intel is expected Thursday to officially mark the launch of its Grantsdale chip set, which will work in tandem with Pentium processors to give PCs more powerful sound and graphics, a speedier link for peripherals and memory, and give desktop PCs the ability to run a wireless data network.

Having those features built into the core components of a computer could be essential to Intel's strategy as it tries to turn the PC into the heart of home entertainment.

In concert with software maker Microsoft Corp. and PC makers including Gateway Corp., Intel has pushed the development of "entertainment" or "media center" computers that record television shows, store music and photograph collections.

Intel (INTC: Research, Estimates) plans to sell Grantsdale chips for $30 or $40, no more than the prior generation of chip sets. But the extra features offered could steer shoppers away from PCs built with chips from rival Advanced Micro Devices Inc.

Chip sets, which work as gatekeepers for data coming into and out of the core of a PC, rarely get much attention from the public.

In the case of Grantsdale, analysts say the chip set has an unusually broad impact on not only computer users, but also makers of computer components.

Graphics chip makers, for instance, have already shifted strategy to conform their products to a faster data conduit known as PCI Express, which will get its first broad industry support in Grantsdale.


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    hmurchisonhmurchison Posts: 12,216member
    No one is excited by Grantsdale. It has PCI Express and Azalia audio. It's best standout features. The onboard video will suck like all onboards do.

    Nothing to fear here. Move along.
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    ipodandimacipodandimac Posts: 3,273member

    Originally posted by Republic

    Chips aimed at boosting performance

    well holy crap. now THAT is news.
  • Reply 3 of 3
    concordconcord Posts: 312member
    Alderwood will be their performance Mobo, the Grantsdale one is more consumer oriented (though the 8 channel audio is supposed to be *very* nice). Though personally, the Asus A8V for AMD socket 939 CPUs is just a wee bit nicer.


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