VN896 Chipset

Designed to provide users with unsurpassed visual clarity for notebooks, the VIA VN896 mobile IGP chipset offers the latest in VIA mobile technologies and is fully certified with the Microsoft® Vista™ Basic Logo. Features include the highly efficient VIA V4 bus interface, advanced power management features, support for DDR2 and the industry’s only simultaneous usage of single-pass multi-texturing and single-cycle trilinear filtering.

The VIA VN896 supports both the VIA C7®-M as well as all the latest Intel® mobile processors, including the Intel Pentium® M, Celeron™ M, Core™ Solo, Core Duo and Core2 Duo processors. Designed with mobility in mind, the VIA VN896 is optimized for ultra low power consumption to maximize battery life, and implements dynamic CKE and clock grating to minimize DDR SDRAM power consumption and achieve maximum power savings. Further, when paired with the VIA C7-M processor, the VIA VN896 offers support for VIA PowerSaver™, which acts as a throttle to lower the CPU’s frequency and voltage when the workload is light, reducing overall CPU power consumption by up to 50 percent.

vn896_mainThe VIA VN896 features a high bandwidth VIA V4 bus to allow communication between the chipset’s North and South bridges at 533MB/sec. When combined with solutions such as the market-leading VIA VT8237A or VT8237R Plus South Bridges and a broad array of VIA companion chips, the VIA VN896 provides a comprehensive range of storage, multimedia and connectivity features, including native Serial ATA, LVDS, TV encoder, support for 6-channel or 8-channel VIA Vinyl Audio, VIA Velocity™ Gigabit Ethernet and wireless LAN connectivity, USB2.0, 1394.

Further flexibility can be realized with the availability of one 16-Lane PCI Express port for high end graphics cards and a further 1-Lane PCI Express port for peripheral cards.

The VN896 chipset features the VIA Chrome® 9 HC integrated graphics processor (IGP) featuring a DirectX® 9.0 3D accelerator for high performance and a 2D accelerator for productivity applications.

The 3D graphics engine of the VN896 chipset offers the industry’s only simultaneous usage of single-pass multitexturing and single-cycle trilinear filtering. This provides stunning image quality without performance loss. The integrated video accelerator also offloads the CPU during MPEG playback.


VIA Chrome® 9 IGP also features the Chromotion CE Video Display Engine, raising the bar for digital entertainment support on notebooks.

The Chromotion™ CE Video Display Engine employs a multi-faceted approach to displaying multimedia content, implementing a number of advanced tools at every stage of video processing. These include integrated MPEG-2 decoding, for flawless digital video playback with ultra-low CPU-utilization, and advanced rendering tools such as Adaptive De-Interlacing and Video Deblocking, which ensure clearer playback of digital content on all display devices such as CRT, LCD, standard definition TV and HDTV up to 1080i resolution*.

Benefits of VIA VN896

VIA Chrome® 9  IGP DirectX 9.0 Graphics Core: The 128-bit 2D graphics engine enables acceleration of high quality graphics features, allowing all productivity applications to run with the best appearance possible while not sacrificing system performance. The 128-bit 3D graphics engines features dual pixel rendering pipes for advanced 3D rendering, and is capable of two textures per pass with a triangle rate up to 4.5 million triangles per second, a pixel rate up to 200 million pixels per second, and a texel bilinear fill rate up to 400 million texels per second.

The VIA Chrome® 9 IGP graphics core also integrates the Chromotion CE Video Display Engine featuring MPEG-2 decoding acceleration, adaptive de-interlacing, video deblocking, and a comprehensive range of hi-def outputs.

Extensive Display Support: With support for VIA’s DuoView+™ capability, the VN896 supports multi-monitor and extended desktop. This includes a dedicated CRT displayer interface, supporting up to 2048×1536 at 75Hz. The VN896 also supports a 12-bit DDR/18-bit/24-bit LVDS Transmitter interface for an LCD panel and a 12-bit interface to an external TV encoder for SDTV and HDTV display.

Advanced Memory Controller: VIA’s acclaimed FastStream64 memory controller enables lightening fast memory access speeds and optimal system performance, supporting up to 4GB of DDR333 or 400 memory or DDR2 400/533/667 memory.

High Performance CPU Interface: The VIA VN896 mobile chipset supports connections to the VIA C7-M mobile processor as well as the latest Intel® processors supporting 800MHz FSB and Hyper-Threading technology, including Core Solo, Core Duo and Core 2 Duo based processors.

VIA Vinyl Multichannel Audio Suite : 
Delivering rich, warm surround sound at resolutions as high as 24/96 through up to six- or eight-channel outputs, the VIA Vinyl Audio 5.1 surround sound and VIA Vinyl Gold Audio 7.1 surround sound enables crisp, clear performance, representing the highest levels of audio quality in a mainstream integrated or onboard solution.

Unified VIA Hyperion Pro Drivers: VIA’s unified approach to drivers has been established for eight generations of chipsets, allowing end users to benefit from seamless hardware and software compatibility.

VN896 Block Diagram