NVIDIA his chipset roadmap for AMD processors has changed a little. First new chipsets are going to start appearing from February it is said. Somewhere in early February 2004 NVIDIA will start the mass production of their MCP with SATA 150 support, there will be two versions of this chip: one with SATA and Gigabit Ethernet (Gigabit MCP-S) and one with SATA RAID (MCP-S-RAID). There's also an MCP-T for the server market.
The next big things for the Athlon 64 in 754-pin packaging – the nForce3 250 and nForce3 250Gb – will be produced in business quantities starting from late January. There will also be CK8S2 version of the nForce3 250Gb with 4 Serial ATA ports for 939-pin AMD64 microprocessors, however, it will come later, as the mass production is slated to start in mid February. The timeframe is adjusted to meet customer demand for the chipset, as first 939-pin AMD central processing units are projected to hit the ground in March 2004.
According to sources close to the company, NVIDIA will not have PCI Express-supporting part right after the bus rolls-out in Q2. The firm’s code-named CK8-04 single chip core-logic with 10 USB 2.0 and PCI Express ports for Socket 939 CPUs will only be manufactured in the Q3 2004.
Later in the year NVIDIA is also likely to launch a PCI Express supporting product with integrated DirectX 9.0-supporting graphics core. Besides, the company also indicated a Wi-Fi supporting product sometime in the past.