1333MHz Bearlake Chipset Due For Sample Release In Week 44 – 46

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It hasn’t been that long since the 965 chipset was released for ‘Conroe’, but Intel aren’t resting on their laurels and are readying their next generation Bearlake chipset for sample release. According to an online source the Bearlake chipset should be available for sample release around week 44 – 46 of this year.

The first sample releasing in week 44-46 is version A0 with serial LE82BLGQ. This would be a prototype for Bearlake P as Salt Creek platform & Bearlake G/GF as Weybridge platform. The Qualify Sample is scheduled in Q1 2007 and the final product will be available in Q2 2007. In addition, the new ICH9 A0 sample will also be available for manufacturers in week 44-46.” (HKEPC Hardware, 2006)

In addition, Bearlake G+ would be the first Intel chipset certified for HD-DVD, providing hardware acceleration for AVC, AC1, and MPEG2. However, users requiring support for hardware Blu-Ray will be disappointed. As a workaround users may need a Blu-Ray supported video card for better performance on the latter format.

Images illustrating the specifications for the Bearlake chipset can be found here and here.

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