"In just the next few years, new chipsets will be required to support multicore processors, new front-side bus (FSB) architectures, new peripheral interfaces, and a growing list of features, such as virtualization and security," explained Chris Kissel, In-Stat analyst. "The chipset is a critical component in the PC design and chipset designs are changing rapidly to support these new features driven by changing PC usage models."
A recent report by In-Stat found the following:
The chipset ecosystem supporting AMD processors is growing, while the chipset ecosystem supporting Intel processors is shrinking due to Intel's drive to "platformization"
Although less than 20% of x86 processors have an integrated memory today, In-Stat forecasts that roughly 70% will have integrated memory controllers in 2009, a trend similar to the embedded processing
PCs will shift from traditional AGP and PCI interfaces to PCI-Express, accounting for more than 84% of all graphics interfaces and 98% of all peripheral interfaces in 2009
As processors increase in the number of cores and the amount of memory, core-logic chipsets will continue to integrate more external logic for I/O and other features