Contributed by Jonathan Gray on from the dept.
People might be interested to hear that the upcoming 4.0 release will support various features found in the new wave of Intel products that are just hitting the market. From our point of view it is mainly a bunch of additional devices that have to be supported in the south bridges. For the newer consumer boards with Core 2 Duo processors many come with the next iteration of Intel's ICH device hub (ICH8), which is noteable in that it does not provide PATA support only SATA, and moves the Ethernet MAC into the ICH chip itself in the form of a em(4) Gigabit controller. Motherboard manufacturers tend to provide an alternate disk controller to support PATA devices on such systems. So 4.0 adds support for ICH8 SATA parts, which look like ICH7 parts for our purposes, has an updated Intel Gigabit network driver based on updates provided by Intel, and also provides support for audio in the form of the azalia(4) driver.
On the Core based Xeon (Woodcrest) front, similiar changes have been made to support the 6321ESB/ESB2 device hub. Support for this just managed to make the deadline for the next release thanks to being able to test on one of cloder@'s new Xeon based servers. So anyone looking at picking up one of the these systems should keep their eyes peeled for news of 4.0 preorders.
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