Intel talks about Panther Point -

Intel has started making details available about the Panther Point chipsets which will make an appearance when it releases Ivy Bridge.

Panther Point will provide new features for Ivy Bridge including USB 3.0 as standard, Intel Rapid Start technology and a host of other features.

According to CPU World, there will initially be six Panther Point chipsets, three for consumers and three for business platforms.

Two "performance" chipsets for the consumer market will have the handle Z77 and Z75, while the mainstream consumer chipset is dubbed H77.

A high-end business chipset, which has the unlikely name of "Stable Platform" and is probably more useful if you are a horse will be called the Q77. If businesses want less features they can buy the Q75. There will also be the B75, which is a Transactional Platform chipset.

Panther Point gear will be the first time we have seen USB 3.0 integrated properly. There will be four USB 3.0 ports on all versions. They will be backed by 10 USB 2.0 ports on all except B75, which has eight.

Rapid Start Technology gives a 5-8 seconds resume from hibernate and will be around on all the chipsets. Smart Connect Technology is supposed to improve connections between the cloud by constantly updating content and is available on all chipsets. Also under the bonnet is Smart Response Technology, which was introduced with Z68, is also available with Z77, H77 and Q77 chipsets.

Panther Point will have wireless display/music ports to the chipset and three separate displays when supported by an Ivy Bridge processor.

It will support HDMI 1.4a, DVI, DP, eDP and VGA.

Desktop machines will have 6 PCIe lanes available with all boards will be able to use a single PCIe x16 device. The two Z7x chipsets can use two devices at x8.

It is possible to set up the Z77 boards to use one device at x8 and two more devices at x4 speeds. Business chipsets will also have PCI available while the consumer ones will not.

As you might expect all the chipsets will have six available SATA ports. B75 and Q75 will have one that is able to operate at SATA III speeds. Other chipsets will have two SATA III ports. Remaining SATA ports will run at SATA II speeds.

All the chipsets will have Intel Rapid Storage Technology 11, single disk migration and RAID 0/1/5/10. There is also an integrated audio codec, supporting HDMI and DP audio, as well as an integrated gigabit Ethernet MAC. All boards will be able to support 4 DIMMs in dual-channel configuration.