VIA Announces K8N800A Chipset for High-Performance, Thin & Light Notebooks Powered by AMD Turion™ 64 Mobile Technology

New mobile IGP chipset features advanced graphics and display engine with support for cutting-edge power saving technologies to enable the next generation of more mobile AMD64 processor-based notebooks for digital lifestyles on the go

Taipei, Taiwan, 25 February 2005 – VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator and developer of silicon chip technologies and PC platform solutions, today announced the VIA K8N800A, a high-performance, low-power IGP chipset optimized for the upcoming AMD Turion™ 64 mobile technology, as well as the complete range of Mobile AMD Athlon™ 64 and Mobile AMD Sempron™ processors.

Delivering all the performance, connectivity and advanced power management needed for next generation thin and light, high-performance notebooks, the VIA K8N800A would be ideally suited to support notebook PCs powered by the forthcoming AMD Turion™ 64 mobile technology. The powerful AMD64 platform combined with VIA’s acclaimed chipset, graphics and digital media technologies affords an exceptional computing and entertainment experience anywhere.

The VIA K8N800A chipset features the S3 Graphics UniC-Pro Integrated Graphics Processor (IGP), providing outstanding dual pipeline graphics performance through a 128-bit 2D/3D engine and shared DDR memory support for 3D gaming and applications, while the C-Motion CE Video Display Engine blends hardware-based MPEG-2 decoding acceleration for flawless digital video playback with advanced display technologies for enhanced video rendering and a rich visual experience. Furthermore, support for an external AGP 8X port allows optional graphics processor upgrades on supporting notebooks.

The VIA K8N800A, part of the acclaimed VIA K8-Series of Chipsets, is the latest in a long line of market leading chipsets for AMD processor powered notebooks, building on the successful architecture of the VIA K8N800 chipset and adding support for AMD Turion™ 64 mobile technology and a host of new power saving technologies such as Stutter Mode to ensure more efficient IGP core performance and longer battery life.

“The power efficiency of the new VIA K8N800A chipset facilitates innovative lower profile design for AMD64 processor-based notebooks, and especially those powered by the forthcoming AMD Turion mobile technology,” said Chewei Lin, Vice President of Product Marketing, VIA Technologies, Inc. “With the K8N800A and AMD64 technology, customers can offer notebooks with unparalleled performance, multimedia, storage and connectivity options to meet the entertainment, creativity and productivity requirements of even the most demanding users.”

“VIA’s K8N800A chipset and its support for AMD Turion 64 mobile technology will enable new innovative mobile solutions with longer battery life, wireless compatibility, rich graphics and enhanced security,” commented Chris Cloran, director, mobile marketing, Microprocessor Business Unit, Computation Products Group, AMD. “This chipset further complements VIA’s extensive portfolio of chipset solutions for AMD processors, allowing us to continue delivering the incredible power and flexibility of AMD64 technology for even the most mobile customers.”

The VIA K8N800A chipset is available now. To learn more about the VIA K8N800A chipset, please visit the VIA website at:

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