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The nVIDIA nForce Motherboard Chipset:
a different perspective

Last updated: 6/28/01

MCP FEATURES

nVIDIA nForce Chipset - Media and Communications Processor Processor (MCP) Audio Processing Unit (APU)

  • Dolby Digital Interactive Content Encoder
  • Hardware DirectX 8.0 Audio Processor
  • 256 Total Voices
  • 64 3D Voices
  • Downloadable Sample Version 2 Acceleration (DLS2)
  • 32 Bin Mixer (8 voice volumes mapped to each bin)

 StreamThru

  • IEEE 802.3 MAC (Media Access Controller)
  • Supports 10/100 BaseT Ethernet/Fast Ethernet
  • Supports HomePNA 2.0 PHYs
  • Carrier Sense Multiple Access/Collision Detect Compliant with IEEE 802.3 and 802.3u (MII)
  • ACR Interface Support
  • CNR Interface Support
  • Isochronous Controller Paired with HyperTransport Results in Fastest Networking Performance

 Complete Communications Suite

  • Dual USB Controlle
  • Supports 6 USB Ports
  • Configurable as 3/3 or 2/4
  • Supports Full Speed (12Mb/sec.) and Low Speed (1.5Mb/sec.) per Port
  • ACR Interface Support
  • CNR Interface Support
  • Allows USB Concurrency
  • Supports 10/100Base-T Ethernet/Fast Ethernet
  • Supports HomePNA 2.0 PHYs

 HyperTransport™ Technology

  • High-speed (800MB/sec.)
  • Low Voltage, Differential, and Low Pin Count Interface
  • Communication Link Between IGP, MCP, and CPU

 Dual ATA-100 Disk Drive Controllers

  • Supports Ultra DMA Mode 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 (Ultra DMA-100/66/33)
  • Industry Standard PCI Bus Master IDE Register Set Separate Independent IDE
  • Connections for Primary and Secondary Interface (5V Tolerant)

 AC’97 2.1 Compliant Interface

  • Supports 2, 4, or 6-channel Audio
  • Dual AC-Link – Supports Up to Two CODECs
  • 16-bit Stereo Output and Input Streams
  • Supports Input, Output, and GPIO Channels for Host-Based Modems
  • Separate Independent Functions for Audio and Modem
  • Six Independent DMA Controllers
  • ACR Interface Support
  • CNR Interface Support
  • S/PDIF Output (Stereo or AC-3 Output)

 Internal Fast PCI to PCI Bridge (Version 2.2 Compliant)

  • Supports Up to 5 External PCI Slots at 33MHz
  • PCI Master and Slave Interfaces
  • Bi-directional Write Posting Support for Concurrency

 Internal Fast PCI-to-LPC Bridge

  • Subtractive Decode
  • Can Be Connected to External Super I/O, Flash BIOS, and LPC-to-ISA Bridge
  • Supports LPC DMA and Mastering
  • Serial Interrupt Protocol Support

 Integrated Clock Synthesizer

  • MCP, LDT, PCI, IDE, and USB Clocks

 Dual System Management Bus (SMBus)

  • 2.0 Interface
  • PEC and ARP Support
  • SMBus Host and Slave Support
  • SMBus Alert Support

 PERFORMANCE

  • APU
  • 256 Total Stereo Voices
  • 64 3D Voices Plus 192 Stereo Voices
  • HyperTransport Technology 800MB/sec.
  • Dual ATA-100 Disk Drive Controllers
  • PCI Support at 33MHz

 QUALITY

  • NVIDIA Unified Driver Architecture (UDA)
  • WHQL-Certified Windows 2000, Windows NTŪ, Windows 98, Windows 95, and Windows ME
  • Complete Linux Drivers
  • Fully Compatible with Microsoft DirectX 8.0

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