It has been a long time between releases for Intel’s server-level system chipsets. The 860, supporting the dual-channel Rambus architecture, was released back in September 2000 and there’s been nothing since. That changed in February with the release of the E7500 (codenamed Plumas). The E7500 chipset consists of a 1,005-pin FC-BGA package MCH chip with the 421-pin BGA package 82801 CA (ICH3-S) south bridge and the 567-pin FC-BGA package RG82870P2 64-bit PCI/PCI-X controller chip (P64H2).
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