VIA offers unparalleled flexibility for Vista-ready systems across the AMD and Intel® platforms
Taipei, Taiwan, 14 December 2006 – VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator and developer of silicon chip technologies and PC platform solutions, today announced that the VIA K8M890 and the VIA P4M900 chipsets have passed the Microsoft® Windows Vista™ 32bit/64bit Basic logo tests, enabling customers get ready for Vista with confidence.
This certification means that customers will enjoy the assuredness of digitally signed drivers and the ability to update drivers distributed via Windows® update. The testing involved in the certification program also confirms trouble-free installation of Windows Vista, including Ultimate, Enterprise, Business, Home Premium and Home Basic editions.
In addition, the Microsoft Windows Vista Basic logo verifies that the VIA K8M890 and VIA P4M900 chipsets support functions that take advantage of some of the latest Windows installations, guaranteeing a secure, reliable and stable experience with the new operating system.
The VIA K8M890 and VIA P4M900 North Bridges both feature the VIA C-9 IGP (Integrated Graphics Processor) core which provides DirectX® 9.0 graphics support with hardware pixel shaders, supported by a WDDM driver for Microsoft Windows Vista. Both chipsets also offer support for the latest PCI Express add-in graphics cards, giving SIs and OEMs unparalleled flexibility to provide systems for a wide range of market segments.
“VIA is very pleased to have both an AMD IGP chipset and an Intel IGP chipset achieve this certification,” commented Chewei Lin, Vice President of Product Marketing, VIA Technologies, Inc. “This gives our customers confidence in building Vista ready systems for either platform.”
The VIA P4M900 chipset supports up to 1066MHz FSB Intel® processors including the latest Intel Core™2 Extreme processors, as well as support for up to 667MHz DDR2 memory. The VIA K8M890 chipset supports the full range of AMD Athlon64™ and AMD Sempron™ processors, including those supporting the latest AM2 socket.
Both chipsets feature the Ultra V-Link bus for connecting to VIA’s feature rich range of South Bridge chips including the VT8251 which supports high fidelity VIA Vinyl HD audio codecs featuring up to 24-bit/192KHz audio resolutions and up to eight audio channels.
Product Availability and Pricing
The VIA K8M890 chipset is available now. Boards featuring the chipset are available from all the world’s leading motherboard manufacturers. To learn more about the VIA K8M890 chipset please visit the VIA website at:
The VIA P4M900 chipset is available now. Boards featuring the chipset will be available from all the world’s leading motherboard manufacturers in late Q4 2006. To learn more about the VIA P4M900 chipset please visit the VIA website at: www.viatech.com/en/silicon/legacy/chipsets/p4m900/
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.viatech.com