NVIDIA's MCP78 IGP chipsets to launch this November

Monday 23rd July 2007, 01:01:00 PM, written by Farid

Originally expected to start shipping by October, the latest chipset from NVIDIA, MCP78, will finally take off by November. Amongst the three chipsets from the MCP78 family scheduled to launch this November, only two support integrated graphics capabilities.

The MCP78U and MCP78S will feature DirectX 10-compliant integrated graphics. The graphics core will run at a lower frequency on the MCP78S, compared to the MCP78U, however. Those two IGP variants will be HDCP compatible and will support hardware video decoding, handled by PureVideo Gen2 . PureVideo Gen2 will include a BSP decoding engine in MCP78U, similar to that in the two VP2-powered discrete GPUs, G84 and G86.  Both IGP versions will provide the backbone for Hybrid SLI, too, of course.

AMD's answer to NVIDIA's MCP78-based DX10 IGPs is the M780 family. Part of "Puma", the company's new notebook platform, those AMD IGPs will not be available until Q1 2008. The only product AMD will have ready by then will be M740G, an entry level HDCP-compliant DX9 IGP.

DigiTimes reports that sources close to motherboard manufacturers claim that the first revision (A01) of the MCP78 chipset should tape-out this August and be on tracks for a November launch. The sources note that MCP78U- and MCP78S-based boards should retail for $70-80 and $55-65 respectively, while no pricing for the entry-level MCP78D was made known.
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