The lads over at Dailytech today have acquired some interesting details in regards to Intel's upcoming "Eaglelake" platform (the successor to Bearlake).
One of the (several) major highlights with the Eaglelake series will be the ICH10 southbridge. At first it seems fairly bland due to being entirely legacy free (with just Serial ATA, PCIe, USB and high-definition audio). However, ICH10 brings an FIS-based port multiplier system into the works, meaning multiple SATA devices can be piggybacked off a single SATA port, not only this but I/O performance isnt degraded by doing so either.
Not unlike the current crop of Bearlake boards, Eaglelake will also spawn the usual P, G and Q models to cater towards various market segments, and we should hopefully see the launch of this next-gen chipset sometime during Q2'2008.
For full details, head over to the Dailytech folks.
Intel guidance released its Bearlake-family chipset this year, first with the G33 and P35 Express models and later on with the G35 and X38 Express. Although Intel is still in the process of launching Bearlake, its latest roadmap has further details on Bearlake's successor - Eaglelake.
Eaglelake spawns the usual P, G and Q variants for consumer and business platforms. The Eaglelake-family features support for Intel Penryn-family, Yorkfield and Wolfdale, and other processors with front-side buses up to 1333 MHz. Intel continues to equip the Eaglelake-family with DDR3 and DDR2 memory controllers. DDR3-1333 and DDR2-800 are still the memory speeds of choice with Eaglelake. Eaglelake also introduces PCIe 2.0 for discrete graphics to the mainstream with all variants. Strangely, PCIe signaling on the south bridge is not PCIe 2.0 compliant.