It was reported a month ago, that consumers would be able to look forward to a revolutionary new technology by Intel, that could improve system performance with with the addition of a simple NVRam chip onto the motherboard; the technology was codenamed “Braidwood”.
Initially it was thought to be making its debut on the upcoming P55 chipset, but that soon fell by the wayside as the fall launch date could not be met. Intel had released plans that they also intended to release a P57 chipset which would be the premiere motherboard lineup for level LGA-1156. Braidwood was to be the only major improvement between P57 and P55.
Now, amidst further delays, industry sources have reported that Intel has decided to completely scrap the addition of Braidwood technology in all Intel 5 series chipsets, at least for now. The problem has been cited as the result of software implementation, rather than hardware troubles. With Braidwood technology being the only defining difference between 55 & 57, manufacturer’s will consequently be forced to trash many of their existing designs, many of which clearly feature NVRam module ports.
Intel declined to comment on the affair.
It is unknown if Braidwood will continue to be pursued for a future release of the P57 chipset, however, P55 is still on track for early fall,with the budget and business level board’s scheduled for early 2010.