New Intel chip to boost PC graphics

Intel Corp., the world’s largest chip maker, is set to launch Thursday a highly-anticipated new chip designed to sharply improve and expand the power of personal computers.

Intel is expected Thursday to officially mark the launch of its Grantsdale chip set, which will work in tandem with Pentium processors to give PCs more powerful sound and graphics, a speedier link for peripherals and memory, and give desktop PCs the ability to run a wireless data network.

Having those features built into the core components of a computer could be essential to Intel’s strategy as it tries to turn the PC into the heart of home entertainment.

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