Last week ULi has launched the M1697 chipset for the AMD Athlon 64 platform. This chip is build on a 180nm process at UMC and has 6.4 million transistors. It has a peak power consumption of 12W and measures 35mm x 35mm.
Following its predecessor, the M1695 tunnel chip for the AMD platform, the new chip has also successfully passed PCIe certification tests and is currently included in the PCI Express Integrators List (published by the PCI-SIG) as a newly posted product. Both the M1695 and M1697 chips utilize PCIe PHY cells from Rambus and PCIe digital controllers developed by ULi itself. The M1697 has four PCIe digital controllers serving 20 PCIe lanes, Tai said. The supported PCIe configurations include one x16 or two x8 connections for graphics cards and three x1 or one x4 connections for I/O devices. The M1697 can support dual-card graphics solutions, such as Nvidia SLI, using PCIe x8 cards, and ULi showcased its reference board featuring Nvidia SLI technology as supported by a pair of the M1695 and M1697 chips, with the combination of chips being able to support two PCIe x16 cards.
More details about this chipset can be read over at DigiTimes.