Combining support for the new generation of AMD Athlon™ XP processors with 400MHz FSB with its advanced FastStream64™ Memory Controller Technology, as well as VIA Vinyl™ Six-TRAC Audio, and the industry-first integrated Serial ATA/RAID controller on the VIA VT8237R Plus South Bridge, the VIA Apollo KT600 provides the highest performance and most feature-rich platform for the complete spectrum of gaming, home productivity and entertainment, and business applications.
The advanced FastStream64 DDR400 Memory Controller on the VIA Apollo KT600 interweaves with the 400MHz Front Side Bus to provide a perfectly balanced subsystem, greatly reducing data latency and enabling searing performance from the latest AMD Athlon™ XP processors. In addition, the KT600 supports AGP8X, deriving maximum performance from the most powerful graphics processors.
Featuring the VIA DriveStation™ Advanced Connectivity Suite, the VIA VT8237R Plus South Bridge provides the most comprehensive set of high-performance integrated storage interface technologies available on the market today. In addition to enabling high-speed 150MB/s dual channel connections to Serial ATA Hard Drives while retaining support for up to four Parallel ATA-133 devices, it combines exceptionally fast disk data transfer rates and optimal data integrity with easy installation and manageability through V-RAID, the first native RAID controller integrated into a South Bridge supporting multiple RAID Level 0, RAID Level 1, and RAID Level 0+1 configurations. The VT8237R Plus also features the VIA Vinyl™ Multichannel Audio Suite for superlative integrated and onboard 5.1 and 7.1 surround sound, and offers a host of high-bandwidth connectivity options, including support for up to eight high-speed USB 2.0 ports and 10/100Mbps Fast Ethernet. The VIA Apollo KT600 also benefits from the VIA Hyperion 4in1 Drivers, which deliver seamless compatibility with all the latest software and hardware.
Additional features on the VIA VT8237R Plus South Bridge include support for up to eight USB 2.0 ports, a VIA MAC for enterprise-class 10/100Mbps networking, integrated PCI support, and an MC’97 modem. The VIA Apollo KT600 also benefits from the VIA Hyperion 4in1 Drivers, which deliver seamless compatibility with all the latest software and hardware.
Benefits of VIA KT600
FastStream64 Technology: VIA FastStream64™ Technology uses an expanded array of prefetch buffers to reduce latency in the memory controller, extending performance at a lower transistor cost than dual channel implementations. With a 266/333/400MHz processor bus and supporting DDR266/333/400 memory, the VIA Apollo KT600 provides lightning fast access to system memory and can reach a peak bandwidth of 3.2GB/sec, enabling the full performance potential of the fastest AMD Athlon™ XP processors to be harnessed.
Rich, Warm VIA Vinyl Six-TRAC Audio: The six-channel surround sound supported in the VT8235 and VT8237R Plus South Bridges, combined with the high quality VIA Vinyl Six-TRAC external codec with advanced Stylus driver support, enables a rich, vibrant sound that will enhance the user experience when listening to music, watching movies, or playing games.
Native Serial ATA/RAID Support: The VIA VT8237R Plus is the latest in a series of market leading South Bridge chips from VIA integrating state of the art I/O innovation. With its native dual channel Serial ATA controller, the VT8237R Plus provides direct support for two Serial ATA devices at a bandwidth of 150MB/s per port and its unique SATAlite™ interface expands support for two additional SATA devices through an optional external Serial ATA PHY. Featuring support for RAID 0, RAID 1, and RAID 0+1, the native VIA RAID controller optimizes system performance by ensuring the highest disk data transfer rates and provides the most advanced fault tolerant solution for optimum data integrity. It also comes with a user friendly software configuration program for easy disk array set up in all the latest Microsoft® Windows® and Linux environments, and supports both Serial ATA and Parallel ATA standards.
Unified VIA Hyperion 4in1 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.
* RAID Level 0+1 requires four Serial ATA drives; support for the two additional drives can only be implemented with two external Serial ATA ports enabled through a SATALite PHY.
KT600 Block Diagram
» Supports full range of AMD Athlon™ XP processors
» 266/333/400MHz FSB settings
» Supports up to 4.0GB DDR266/333/400 SDRAM
» Support for AGP 4X/8X
» 8X V-Link 533MB/s high bandwidth North/South Bridge interconnect
» Integrated VIA Vinyl™ Six-TRAC six-channel AC’97 audio
» Serial ATA support for up to 4 devices
» RAID 0, RAID 1, and RAID 0+1 support, including Disk Striping and Disk Mirroring
» V-RAID Software Configuration Program (supports Windows® & Linux)
» Parallel ATA 33/66/100/133 support for up to 4 devices
» Support for up to 8 USB 2.0/USB 1.1 ports, UHCI compliant
» Integrated MC’97 Modem
» Integrated 10/100 Fast Ethernet MAC
» Advanced power management capabilities including ACPI/OnNow
» 664-pin BGA North Bridge
» 539-pin BGA VT8237R Plus South Bridge