Hot info coming in from the Intel Developer Forum regarding the Alderwood and Grantsdale chipsets from Intel.
Intel is aiming Grantsdale at both business and customers and will come in different flavours supporting DDR2 and DDR, with four serial ATA ports.
The new PCs based on these will, as we’ve said before, also have wireless AP technology built in, so you can effectively tell the WAP makers get to lost.
Also present in this chipset are eight USB 2.0 ports, four PCI Express X1 ports, Azalia sound, four Serial ATA ports and Intel RAID 0/1 AHCI. It will be produced using six layers and will be aimed at gamers and power users. There is also a Grantsdale with an integrated DirectX9 graphics solution from Intel.
It will support OpenGL 1.4, includes Pxel Shader 2, four Pixel Pipes, and DVMT for 128MB of memory. Alderswood also supports different dual display support, and for formats including CRTs, LCDs, TVs and HD TVs.
Intel's definition of high definition audio is 192KHz, 24-bit, eight channel audio support for Dolby and the rest, better voice over IP capabilities, and a way for the jack to sense which type of device is being plugged in.
The high end chipset Alderwood will not have an AGP port, so a new graphics card is needed.