TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Intel Corp. today announced the integration of a Fast Ethernet controller into its next-generation PC chip set, the 820E. The local-area network controller resides inside Intel's new I/O Controller Hub, called ICH2, which can handle 10/100 megabit-per-second home network connections, said according to the company, which disclosed the design during the Computex 2000 trade show here.
"With the rapid growth of Internet and Intranet usage, networking has become an integral part of thePC platform," said Tim Dunn, general manager of Intel's LAN Access Division. "By integrating our Intel PRO/100 Fast Ethernet controller directly into the chip set, Intel is providing PC manufacturers with a reliable, cost-effective connectivity solution for their desktop systems," he said.
Intel's first chip set using the ICH2 controller is the 820E, which was also introduced by the Santa Clara, Calif., company today. In addition to the ICH2 controller, the 820E uses the same Rambus DRAM memory controller hub (MCH) found on the original Intel 820 chip set introduced in November, said the company.
The 820E has an additional Universal Serial Bus controller, a LAN connect interface, dual Ultra ATA/100 controllers and up to six-channel audio capabilities.
"With its enhanced I/O capabilities, the Intel 820E chip set provides greater system flexibility to computer manufacturers and integrators," said Louis Burns, vice president and general manager of Intel's Desktop Platforms Group. He said the 820E chip set--like the original 820--is designed to take advantage of feature in Intel's Pentium III processors for "the highest performance in video, graphics and multimedia both on and off the Internet."
The integrated ICH2 controller works with three new physical layer components from Intel. The 82562ET enables basic 10/100 Mbit-per-second Fast Ethernet connections in "value" PC systems. The 82562EM provides a managed Fast Ethernet connection with support for "Alert on LAN" capability in business environments. The 82562EH is based on the Home Phone Networking Association standard for 1-Mbit/sec. networks over existing phone lines.
The new 820E chip set is now available and priced at $35 each in 1,000-piece quantities, said Intel. The 82562ET platform LAN Connect component sells for $8.95 in quantities of 10,000. The 82562EM sells for $10.50 each and the 82562EH for $4.28 each in 10,000-piece quantities.