The chip, called Grantsdale, will work in tandem with Intel’s Pentium 4 processors to give PCs more powerful sound and graphics, a speedier link for peripherals and memory, and an ability to run a wireless data network.
Having those features built into the core components of a computer could be essential to Intel’s strategy as it tries to turn the PC into the heart of home entertainment without the need for expensive add-on cards.
“This is the most ambitious make-over of the PC platform in the last 12 years,” said William Siu, Intel’s general manager for desktop computer chips. The chips will begin to appear in PCs starting next week.
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