Nvidia MCP79 chipset to support the Atom

By Justin Mann on
Nvidia’s chipsets will have a broader reach in the future, with the company seeking to release a series of chipsets compatible with Atom processors. Working with Intel, the graphics firm plans to make its MCP79 the first to officially support the Atom, aiming the chipset at netbooks when it first comes to market.

Exactly what Nvidia plans to offer that Intel currently doesn't with their own chipsets isn't known, but they'll have to either shine in the performance category or energy consumption, as those tend to be the most important concerns for Netbook owners right now. Manufacturers of netbooks apparently encourage the deal, which they claim will give them more options for pricing, not to mention more choices when it comes to hardware.

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