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ASUS Eee PC: Exclusive Inside Look! - The Chipset Up Close

By: John Freeman | Netbooks (EOL) in Laptops | Posted: Oct 31, 2007 4:00 am

The Chipset Up Close


Starting with our Mobile Intel 910GML Express Chipset, we can check out the integrated graphics chip called the Intel GMA 900.


The Intel GMA 900 Chip


It supports the memory controller for the DDR2 512MB 667MHz memory module as well as offering the graphics core for the LCD and external VGA port.



The graphics core runs at 166MHz/160MHz @ 1.05V, and the 8MB video memory supports dual independent displays at up to 1600x1280.


The LCD Graphics port is shown here below, and links with a ribbon cable directly to the LCD:



The GMA 900 chipset's supported memory is DDR2-400MHz as stipulated by the system bus speed, however ASUS has provided DDR2-512MB rated at 667MHz.



The Intel CH6-M Chip



The ICH6-M Southbridge incorporates a conduit to a majority of the other functions found on the Eee PC. Some of those capabilities are listed here: 3x USB ports, Realtek sound chip (ALC6628) giving 5.1-channel High Definition sound, Built-in stereo speakers, MMC(plus)/SD(HC) card reader, Microphone, Keyboard, Mouse pad, 10/100 Mbps Ethernet, V.92 56K modem and several other functions such as the mini PCI-E slots which support the WiFi card. There is also a vacant mini PCI-E port for future expansion options and it is easily accessible through a secured hatch at the bottom of the Eee PC.


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