VIA 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. The VIA K8N800A chipset features the S3 Graphics UniChrome 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 Chromotion 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 chipset is available now.

k8n800a blkdiagram VIA K8N800A For AMD Turion 64 Mobile Technology

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 UniChrome 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 Chromotion 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.

Features of VIA K8N800A
 


Feature

VIA K8N800A
North
Bridge
 
Processor SupportAMD Turion™ 64 /
Mobile AMD Athlon™ 64 / Mobile AMD Sempron™ processors
Front Side Bus800MHz HyperTransport
Bus Link
Memory Support64/128-bit Dual
Channel DDR memory controller integrated directly into processor
Graphics / VideoIntegrated UniChrome™
Pro IGP
– Dual pixel pipelines
– 128-bit 2D/3D engine
– 200MHz engine clock speed
– 16-64MB shared memory

Optional external AGP
8X/4X port

MPEG-2 hardware
acceleration
 

South
Bridge


VIA VT8237

North/South Bridge Link
V-Link
(533MB/sec)
AudioVIA Vinyl™ 6-channel
Audio (AC’97 integrated)


VIA Vinyl™ Gold 8-channel Audio (PCI
companion controller)

Network VIA Velocity™ Gigabit
Ethernet (PCI companion controller)


VIA integrated 10/100 Fast Ethernet

ModemMC’97
PCI Devices/Slots6 slots
SATADual Channel Serial
ATA supports 2 SATA devices


SATALite™ interface for two additional SATA
devices (4 total)

V-RAID RAID 0, RAID 1, and
RAID 0+1* & JBOD (SATA)
PATAParallel ATA133 (up to
4 devices)
USB8 ports
I/O ProtocolsI/O APIC / LPC Super
I/0
Power ManagementACPI/APM/PCI/PM