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New microprocessors in fresh packaging from AMD and Intel are not yet here, but mainboard makers are preparing to showcase their products featuring the new sockets during the forthcoming CeBIT 2004 fair in Hannover, Germany, later this month.

Soltek today confirmed that it would be showcasing mainboards based on future Intel’s i915G, VIA’s PT890, VIA’s K8T800 Pro and VIA’s KT880 chipsets as well as a Qbic barebone featuring NVIDIA’s nForce3 250Gb core-logic.

In addition to an array of platforms for Intel Pentium 4 and Celeron 90nm processors at speeds of 3.40GHz and beyond, Soltek will demonstrate SL-915GPro-FGR and SL-PT890Pro-FGR mainboards with Socket T for LGA775 chips as well as PCI Express x16 for graphics cards connectors.

Intel will start transition to LGA775 microprocessor packaging in the second quarter of the year. Some sources claim that Intel targeted to launch a family of Pentium 4 processors at 3.60GHz, 3.40GHz, 3.20GHz and 2.80GHz speed bins as well as Pentium 4 Extreme Edition 3.40GHz CPU to popularize the new Socket T platform. The Santa Clara, California-based chipmaker is also expected to add value Celeron processors 3.20GHz, 3.06GHz and 2.80GHz in LGA775 packaging in the third quarter of the year.

For the new AMD Athlon 64 and AMD Athlon 64 FX microprocessors in 939-pin packaging and 1000MHz HyperTransport bus Soltek promised to roll-out its SL-K8TPro-939 platform. Furthermore, a barebone based on NVIDIA’s next-generation nForce3 250Gb core-logic will be unveiled during the show.

Advanced Micron Devices initially wanted to deliver 939-pin processors in very late Q1 2004, but some sources report about pushing of AMD64 microprocessors for Socket 939 platforms into Q2 2004.

A representative for Soltek also said that the company intended to put its own RADEON 9600 XT graphics card with 256MB of DDR memory on display at the fair, expanding its graphics cards lineup that includes top-to-bottom GeForce FX family as well as some entry-level RADEON 9200 SE and RADEON 9600 SE products.


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