VIA Launches PCI Express Chipset for VIA Processor Platforms

VIA CN800 IGP chipset offers PCI Express and DDR2 support and combines with the VIA C7-D Processor for the ideal platform for desktop solutions

Taipei, Taiwan, 7 November 2006 – VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator and developer of silicon chip technologies and PC platform solutions, today announced the VIA CN800 digital media IGP chipset, a highly integrated core logic solution that offers PCI Express and DDR2 memory support, as well as a host of rich digital media features including the VIA UniC-Pro graphics IGP with hardware MPEG-2 playback and DuoView+™ for dual monitor output.

Designed as the companion chipset for the world’s first carbon-free processor, the VIA C7-D processor, the VIA CN800 digital media IGP chipset blends rich integration with power efficiency to enable a new generation of corporate desktop solutions.

The VIA CN800 digital media IGP chipset boasts a comprehensive suite of bandwidth efficient and rich digital media features including PCI Express support, DDR/DDR2 memory support, the ultra-efficient VIA V4 bus, the VIA UniCh-Pro IGP with C-Motion CE video display engine for smooth digital media playback, DuoView+™ for multi-screen display, and support for LVDS/DVI interfaces. When coupled with a DirectX 9.0 compatible PCI Express video graphics card, such as the S3 Graphics C-S20 series graphics accelerators, the platform enables OEM and system integrators to design corporate desktop computers that are optimized for Microsoft® Windows Vista™ Premium edition.

“Increasingly, enterprise is demanding computing products that are both environmentally friendly and deliver all the performance required for everyday productivity,” commented Chewei Lin, Vice President of Product Marketing, VIA Technologies, Inc. “With its support of the high bandwidth PCI Express, DDR2 and the ultra-efficient VIA V4 bus, corporate desktop computing products based on the VIA CN800 will offer a smooth desktop user experience, as well as make possible innovative, power-efficient, quiet and ultra-reliable designs.”

When combined with the VIA VT8237R Plus South Bridge, the VIA CN800 offers an unparalleled range of integrated storage, multimedia and connectivity options, that includes native Parallel and Serial ATA, multiple configuration V-RAID,VIA Vinyl Multi-channel Audio, eight USB2.0 ports and high-throughput Gigabit Ethernet with the VIA Velocity controller.

Product Availability and Pricing

The VIA CN800 digital media IGP chipset will be available this month in volume quantities. Pricing is available upon request.

Further information about the VIA CN800 may be found at the VIA website at: 
http://www.via.com.tw/en/products/chipsets/c-series/cn800/

About VIA Technologies, Inc.

VIA Technologies, Inc. (TSE 2388) is the foremost fabless supplier of market-leading core logic chipsets, low power x86 processors, advanced connectivity, multimedia, networking and storage silicon, and complete platform solutions that are driving system innovation in the PC and embedded markets. Headquartered in Taipei, Taiwan, VIA’s global network links the high tech centers of the US, Europe and Asia, and its customer base includes the world’s top OEMs, motherboard vendors and system integrators. www.via.com.tw

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