Versions with integrated graphics support Vista's Aero interface along with HDMI output for HD DVD or Blu-ray playback without a more expensive video card. One version includes hardware support for Microsoft's DirectX 10.
Other features designed to appeal to media PC builders include support for up to six external drives, 7.1 audio, and Quiet System Technology for cooler, quieter running.
The G33 and P35 chipsets began shipping in April, and the others are due within 90 days.
"The Intel 3 Series chipsets lay the foundation for an exciting, media-rich experience for today's systems and those that arrive later this year," Intel executive vice president Sean Maloney said.
Maloney also used his soapbox at Computex to announce a collaboration between Intel and Asustek to produce a range of low-cost mobile PCs for the education market, with one model to sell for less than $US200.
For the other end of the market, a Intel Core 2 Extreme mobile processor will arrive during the third quarter. "The upcoming chip is targeted to be the company's highest-performing mobile dual-core processor that still includes energy-saving power features for notebook-friendly designs," Intel officials said.
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