Nvidia promises fast graphics with nForce2 chipsets

Nvidia promises fast graphics with nForce2 chipsets

Graphics chipmaker Nvidia has launched its nForce2 line of products, featuring new technology that combines graphic and chipset functions aimed at the digital media market.

Supporting Advanced Micro Devices' (AMD) Athlon and Duron microprocessors, the nForce2 chipset includes an IGP (integrated graphics processor) and an MCP (media and communication processor).

Nvidia is demonstrating its nForce2 Platform Processors at the Platform Conference in San Jose, California, this week. Pricing was not yet available.

Consisting of nForce2 System Platform Processor (SPP) and the nForce2 Integrated Graphics Processor (IGP), the nForce line utilises HyperTransport technology, licensed from AMD, which allows point-to-point high-speed data exchange between integrated circuits on chips, Nvidia said.

Nvidia last year announced plans to replace the Northbridge-Southbridge chip, which had been used in Athlon-based and Duron-based motherboard sets, with nForce.

Chipset features include built-in dual networking controllers for simultaneous WAN (wide area network) and LAN use, up to six USB (Universal Serial Bus) 2.0 ports, a maximum of three IEEE1394a ports connecting electronics devices such as video cameras and a video processing engine for MPEG2 and DVD playback, Nvidia said.

The nForce line has been designed to work with DDR (double data rate) SDRAM (synchronous dynamic RAM) memory chips, from manufacturers Samsung Electronics, Hynix Semiconductor and Micron Technology, the company said. By making nForce compatible with the DDR400 chips, users will have twice as much bandwidth compared to the more traditional DDR333 chips, Nvidia said.

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