VIA Announces the VIA PT890 Chipset for Windows Vista™ Premium- Ready Systems with Intel® Processors

The VIA PT890 together with S3 Graphics C-S20 Series based graphics cards provide SIs and OEMs an ideal solution that can take full advantage of the enhanced 3D desktop experience of the upcoming OS

Taipei, Taiwan, 6 April 2006 – VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator and developer of silicon chip technologies and PC platform solutions, today announced the VIA PT890 chipset, further broadening VIA’s range of Microsoft® Windows Vista™-ready core logic solutions.

Supporting the full range of Intel® processors up to 1066MHz FSB, the VIA PT890 provides an outstanding balance of system performance with high bandwidth PCI Express connectivity, advanced DDR2 memory support, comprehensive feature set and solid reliability. Together with either a S3 Graphics C- S25 or C-S27 graphics card featuring DirectX 9.0 and the C-Motion 3.0 Video Engine, system builders can design VIA PT890 systems capable of delivering the full Windows Vista Premium experience.

“The VIA PT890 compliments VIA’s already wide portfolio of products including discrete and integrated chipsets as well as processors that stand Windows Vista ready,” commented Chewei Lin, Vice President of Product Marketing, VIA Technologies, Inc. “The powerful combination of the VIA PT890 and the S3 Graphics C-S20 series graphics cards lends itself perfectly for system builders wanting to design systems able to meet the Windows Vista Premium system and graphics requirements, giving end users the ability to fully take advantage of the stunning 3D desktop features that Vista Premium has to offer.”

Utilizing the 533MB/s VIA V-Link interface, the VIA PT890 connects to the latest VIA South Bridge solutions such as the VIA VT8237A, with its integrated VIA Vinyl™ Multichannel Audio Suite, delivering rich, high definition audio at resolutions as high as 32-bit/192kHz, while the VIA Advanced Connectivity Suite offers a wide range of high-bandwidth connectivity options, including support for up to eight high-speed USB 2.0 ports and high-throughput 10/100 Mb/s Fast Ethernet.

About the VIA PT890 Chipset

In addition to supporting the full range of Intel® processors up to 1066MHz FSB, the VIA PT890 also features VIA’s unique StepUp™ memory technology to provide support for both DDR and DDR2 memory standards on the same motherboard, allowing motherboard makers the option of implementing either standard depending on the demands of their target market at any given time.

Optimized to work seamlessly with the latest PCI Express graphics cards, the VIA PT890 includes support for x16 PCI Express connectivity, delivering up to 4GB/s of dedicated graphics bandwidth per direction. The VIA PT890 also features additional x1 PCI Express peripheral support, providing 250MB/s per direction bandwidth to PCI Express peripheral devices such as Gigabit Ethernet and HDTV tuner cards.

The VIA PT890 is part of VIA’s unique Modular Architecture Platform (V-Map) strategy, which minimizes time-to-market for motherboard partners through a flexible, pin-compatible design approach for VIA core-logic solutions. Motherboard partners are able to cover multiple market segments with a single design, and also benefit from a single unified driver base.

The VIA PT890 chipset is available now. To learn more about the VIA PT890 chipset please visit the VIA website

About the C-S20 Series

S3 Graphics C-S25 and C-S27s GPUs boast the industry’s fastest clock speeds, generating outstanding performance while maintaining incredibly low power and cooling requirements. The advanced C-Motion 3.0 Video Engine ensures vivid, crystal clear image quality for a growing world of high definition content. With output for all formats of HDTV, even up to 1080p, C-Motion’s advanced hardware acceleration delivers stutter-free full frame video with rich warm colors and remarkable clarity.

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.

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