Intel has sampled one of its 600-series CPUs to some of its clients in Taiwan and has also given more details of technology support for its 945/955 chipsets for the dual-core Smithfield CPUs, which are slated for launch in the second quarter of next year, according to sources at Taiwan motherboard makers.
Intel will dube them P4P to distinguish the 600-series chips that feature Intel's Speedstep, EM64T and Execution Disable Bit technologies.
Intel also informed firms that its 945/955 northbridge will feature a 1066MHz FSB and DDR2-667 memory. The ICH7 southbridge will feature four Serial ATA2 ports, Matrix RAID and HD audio support.
AMD on the other hand is said to be start sampling its dual-core Opteron processors.