|With the MCP73 failing to pose a strong challenge to the Intel 3-series, Nvidia will launch IGP (integrated graphics processing) versions of its MCP7A and MCP7C chipset series for the Intel platform in April and August, respectively, according to sources with motherboard makers.
The sources revealed that the MCP7A to be launched April will have two IGP versions, the MCP7A-U and MCP7A-S, both of which will support Intel 1333MHz FSB, DirectX 10, HDMI, DVI, HDCP, and PureVideo HD.
While the MCP73 only features a single-channel memory controller, the MCP7A will feature a dual-channel controller, the sources said, adding that it also supports Hybrid SLI technology.
Free on board (FOB) prices for motherboards based on the MCP7A-U will be about US$80, while motherboards based on the MCP7A-S will be priced in the US$70-75 range, the sources said.
Nvidia is confident that the MCP7A series will pose a strong challenge to Intel's G45, which is expected to be launched in the second quarter, the sources added.
The MCP7C to be unveiled in August will support Intel 1333MHz FSB and feature a single-channel memory controller supporting a maximum speed of DDR2-800 , the sources said. It will also feature HDMI, DVI, HDCP, PureVideo HD, with motherboards based on the version having FOB prices of US$60-65, the sources added.
Nvidia is also developing a MCP7A-H part that does not have a built-in graphics core. MCP7A-H will support 1333MHz FSB and feature a maximum DDR2-800 single-channel controller, the sources said.