Chipset is a generic term for a group of related electronic microprocessors and peripheral digital integrated circuitry ("chips") used in a computer, video game console or arcade game design. Specifically, it refers not to generic CPU and RAM chips that may be used in other devices, but to chips which are unique designs specific to the manufacturer, brand or system model.
The term chipset is commonly used to refer to the specialist motherboard chips on a PC; the usual standard is to use two main chips; northbridge and southbridge. The manufacturer of the chipset can be independent from the manufacturer of the motherboard. Examples of PC motherboard chipsets include NVIDIA's nForce chipset or one of Intel's many chipsets .
The term was widely used in the 1980s and 1990s for the custom audio and graphics chips in home computers, games consoles and arcade game hardware of the time. Examples include the Amiga's Original Chip Set or SEGA's System 16 chipset.es:Circuito integrado auxiliar nl:Chipset ja:チップセット pl:Chipset