VIA CN896 Vista Ready IGP Chipset

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VIA today
launched the VIA CN896 digital media IGP chipset, certified Vista-ready by
Microsoft and designed to provide OEMs with a flexible platform for power
efficient embedded and desktop systems. Supporting the VIA V4 FSB up to 800MHz, the VIA CN896 digital media IGP
chipset supports all VIA C7, VIA C7-D and VIA Eden (V4) processors. It includes
two high bandwidth PCI Express ports, including one 16-lane PCI Express and one
single lane port. Flexible memory options include support for DDR2 667/533 or
DDR 400/333 up to 4GB. The V-Link interface connects either the VT8237S or
VT8251 South Bridge. Both South Bridges supports 4 PATA devices and also 2 SATA
II devices (VT8237S) or 4 SATA II devices (VT8251).

CN896&VT8237S H VIA CN896 Vista Ready IGP Chipset

Featuring the VIA Chrome9 IGP core supporting DirectX 9.0 and Chromotion
3.0, the VIA CN896 PCI Express chipset enables mainstream Vista-ready VIA
solutions

Taipei, Taiwan, 26 February 2007 – VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator
and developer of silicon chip technologies and PC platform solutions, today
launched the VIA CN896 digital media IGP chipset, certified Vista-ready by
Microsoft and designed to provide OEMs with a flexible platform for power
efficient embedded and desktop systems.

At the heart of the VIA CN896 chipset is the VIA Chrome9 HC IGP (integrated
graphics processor) featuring a DirectX 9.0 3D accelerator for high performance
and a 2D accelerator for productivity applications, while the Chromotion video
display engine boasts advanced hardware-based video processing and rendering
such as MPEG-2 decoding acceleration and picture enhancement through adaptive
de-interlacing and video deblocking technologies.

The VIA CN896 chipset supports the VIA V4 Bus for the power efficient VIA C7 and
VIA Eden embedded processors and VIA C7-D desktop processors, which are
recognized by Microsoft as designed for Windows Vista.

The VIA CN896 features a dedicated CRT interface as well as flexibility for
additional video ports such as DVI transmitter, LVDS transmitter, SDTV and HDTV
TV encoder, providing customers with the ability to tailor VIA CN896 systems for
use with flat panel displays, a wide variety of LCD panels, TFT color panels,
DVI monitors and TV displays, with separate display engines enabling two outputs
to display at the same time, with different information and at different
resolutions, pixel depths and refresh rates. This greatly enhances the display
options for customers designing thin clients, industrial PCs, point of sale
machines, digital signage and other embedded products. The inclusion of a
16-lane PCI Express port provides additional upgrade options for desktops,
whilst keeping the base configuration affordable for the mainstream, and a
further 1-lane for the latest peripherals.

“The VIA C7 processor-CN896 chipset combination provides all the flexibility in
display options that embedded customers need, within a very low thermal
profile,” said Chewei Lin, Vice President of Product Marketing, VIA
Technologies, Inc. “While in the desktop space, the VIA CN896 meets the
requirements for systems that are currently in demand, whether small footprint
or standard sized, by providing a robust Vista capable solution with good
upgrade options.”

By passing the Microsoft Windows Vista logo tests, customers can design systems
using the VIA CN896 PCI Express chipset with the assuredness of digitally signed
drivers and trouble-free installation of Microsoft Windows Vista, including
Ultimate, Enterprise, Business, Home Premium and Home Basic editions.

About the VIA CN896 Digital Media IGP Chipset

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Supporting the VIA V4 FSB up to 800MHz, the VIA CN896 digital media IGP
chipset supports all VIA C7, VIA C7-D and VIA Eden (V4) processors. It includes
two high bandwidth PCI Express ports, including one 16-lane PCI Express and one
single lane port. Flexible memory options include support for DDR2 667/533 or
DDR 400/333 up to 4GB. The V-Link interface connects either the VT8237S or
VT8251 South Bridge. Both South Bridges supports 4 PATA devices and also 2 SATA
II devices (VT8237S) or 4 SATA II devices (VT8251). To learn more about the VIA
CN896 chipset please visit the VIA website at:

http://www.via.com.tw/en/products/chipsets/c-series/cn896/

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