Santa Clara, Calif. - Intel today released three new chipsets with integrated USB 2.0 capability enabling PCs to be ready 'out of the box' for the new data interface.
The new chipsets are the 845G, 845E and 845GL. USB 2.0 is forty times faster than USB 1.1 enabling external CD burners and hard drives to operate much more efficiently.
The 845G is designed for the higher-end Pentium 4 processors and will sell for $46 in sets of 1,000. The 845E, $41 in 1,000 unit quantities, is also for the lower speed P4 chips and the 845GL is for Celeron processors and cost $33 when bought in 1,000 unit lots.
In addition, all of the chipsets enable surround sound and 20-bit audio.