Intel's ICH8 to Drop PATA Support
It looks like Intel’s new southbridge ICH8 will not support PATA, which is what most people still use to connect their DVD Burners and other optical drives.
“Intel Confidential” discussing Intel’s upcoming ICH8 South Bridge that will be used in future chipsets. Besides adding support for up to 10 USB ports (up from 8 in ICH7), 6 Serial ATA ports (compared to 4 in ICH7), and “Integrated Advanced Fan Speed Control” the most notable new feature of the new South Bridge is its removal for legacy devices such as AC’97 audio and Parallel ATA.
I am all for leaving old technology behind like the old serial connections and whatnot, but getting rid of parallel ATA is something I don’t know if I am ready for, as I have two large sized hard drives that I would like to continue to use when I upgrade my computer.