Although Intel does not really like all those legacy devices and technologies and tries to get rid of them in its new platforms (and does a quite useful thing, so to speak), sometimes it should continue to go with them. As I learned over this Japanese web-site, Intel’s next-generation Grantsdale chipset that supports PCI-Express and boasts with loads of advanced I/O features, also can use DDR in addition to DDR-II SDRAM memory!
As we reported in our article about
Intel Tejas processors will feature 1066MHz Quad Pumped Bus next year. The newcomer will bring us a new type of socket, the so-called Socket T. Intel will also unveil Prescott processors with 1066MHz QPB for the same platform and socket in 2004 in order to make sure that there are different CPUs to support one platform.
Note that DDR SDRAM support by Grantsdale means that Intel is very serious about the launch of its platform in the desired timeframe and even if memory makers are not able to ramp DDR-II production by the time Intel rolls-out its new CPUs, the Santa Clara giant will be able to offer solutions for DDR SDRAM memory that is popular already now. Some makers of memory modules already demonstrate DDR500 memory devices (see this news-story), hence, in a year time they will probably be able to supply DDR533 products and in case DDR-II is not ready to go yet, the fastest DDR SDRAM chips will substitute it for a while because Intel’s chipsets will be able to use it.