BP6.com heeft een leuk interview gepost met Abit PR mannetje Eric Boeing, die onder andere laat weten dat Abit binnenkort het BX133-RAID ("CopperRAID") moederbord met HighPoint ATA100 RAID controller introduceert. Verder wordt er gewerkt aan een opvolger voor de inmiddels legendarische BP6, waarvan de produktie vorige maand ten einde werd gebracht. Het is nog onbekend op welke chipset dit nieuwe SMP bord gebaseerd zal zijn. Mogelijke kandidaten zijn de Apollo Pro 133A en i815. De Abit VP-20 dual FC-PGA moederplank (zie pic hieronder), die begin deze maand op de Computex werd geshowed, zal overigens alleen geleverd worden aan OEMs en System Integrators:
We're calling it the BX133-RAID, or "CopperRAID" board. It's the last and best BX board ABIT will make.
Specs: BX chipset, FC-PGA socket for PIIIs or Celeron IIs, SoftMenu III, 3 DIMMs, 5 PCI, 1 AGP, 1 ISA, and the ATA100/RAID controller for up to 8 IDE devices and hardware RAID.
[...] The BX133-RAID has gone through what they call the "evaluation" stage and into the "ECN" stage, which means that right now the engineers are making some last minute changes. It's slated to go to mass production next week, and then will take a few more weeks to filter through the channels. I believe the official announcement is set for June 1, but people won't start seeing it in stores until roughly less than a month from now.
Q: Cool I can't wait, since we are on the subject of new upcoming mobo's, "The BIG question of the day (drum roll)" Will there be a BP6 v.2 or another Dual FC-PGA mobo. If so and it's not the called the BP6 V.2, can we send a petition to persuade Abit to call it the BP6.2? Just kidding.. :-) but seriously would it work? If I wanted to be nasty, I could give you my boss' e-mail address for any petitions about our naming conventions.... but I won't do that.
A: But yes, ABIT does intend to continue providing our customers with SMP products. We're looking at a couple different dual FC-PGA solutions right now. One option would be to use the Intel 815E chipset, the other would be VIA Apollo Pro 133A. Both possibilities have their advantages and drawbacks. I'm sure many of your readers saw this: after Computex here in Taiwan, both HardOCP and Anandtech posted pictures of a model of ours called the VP-20. It's gotten a lot of people excited because it's a dual flip-chip board with the VIA chipset, but I want to make sure that everybody knows it's an OEM/SI model only. You're not going to see it in any stores.
It is really cool, though, if for no other reason than that the engineers were able to get a dual socket setup on a micro ATX board! But you will probably see a full ATX version of it in stores in the next few months. (I have no idea what it's going to be named yet.).