VIA today announced availability of the VIA K8M800 chipset,
the world’s first core-logic solution for the AMD Athlon™ 64 and Opteron™
processors to feature an IGP core. The VIA K8M800 builds on the success of the
VIA K8T800, currently the undisputed leading chipset for the AMD64 platform, to
enable the development of a new generation of affordable AMD Athlon 64 processor
based mainstream desktops. In bringing the new S3 Graphics UniChrome™ Pro IGP to
the platform, VIA is enabling the expansion of powerful 64-bit computing beyond
the realms of high-end workstations and gaming PCs.

A number of the world’s leading motherboard and ODMs have
announced their support for the VIA K8M800 chipset, illustrating wide industry
support for the platform and the UniChrome™ Pro IGP. Current design wins for the
K8M800 chipset include those from Asus, Biostar, Chaintech, ECS, FIC, Gigabyte,
Jetway, Mitac, MSI, Shuttle and Wistron. The VIA K8M800 is available now, with
customer motherboards expected to ship in early Q1 2004.

VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator and developer of
silicon chip technologies and PC platform solutions, today announced
availability of the VIA K8M800 chipset, the world’s first core-logic solution
for the AMD Athlon™ 64 and Opteron™ processors to feature an Integrated Graphics
Processor (IGP) core.

The VIA K8M800 builds on the success of the VIA K8T800, currently the undisputed
leading chipset for the AMD64 platform, to enable the development of a new
generation of affordable AMD Athlon 64 processor based mainstream desktops. In
bringing the new S3 Graphics UniChrome™ Pro IGP to the platform, VIA is enabling
the expansion of powerful 64-bit computing beyond the realms of high-end
workstations and gaming PCs.

"By delivering the first IGP chipset for the AMD64 platform we are helping
broaden the reach of 64-bit computing," said Chewei Lin, Vice President of
Product Marketing, VIA Technologies, Inc. "The K8M800 chipset with the UniChrome
Pro IGP enables the development of innovative small form factor devices based on
the AMD Athlon 64 processor, without compromising the user’s multimedia or
entertainment experience."

Industry Support for the K8M800 Chipset
A number of the world’s leading motherboard and ODMs have announced their
support for the VIA K8M800 chipset, illustrating wide industry support for the
platform and the UniChrome™ Pro IGP. Current design wins for the K8M800 chipset
include those from Asus, Biostar, Chaintech, ECS, FIC, Gigabyte, Jetway, Mitac,
MSI, Shuttle and Wistron.

"MSI’s new K8MM-LS featuring the VIA K8M800 chipset and the AMD Athlon™ 64
processor bring the power of 64-bit computing to a number of market segments the
for first time. The UniChrome™ Pro IGP enables performance not previously seen
on a systems using integrated graphics, easily dealing with demanding graphics
and multimedia applications," said Jeans Huang, Senior Vice President of R&D,
MSI.

"The pioneering VIA K8M800 chipset for the AMD Athlon™ 64 processor with
UniChrome™ Pro IGP enables us to expand the reach of 64-bit computing into new
markets," said Joe Hsieh, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Asus. "VIA
chipsets offer the right balance of performance and stability, while providing
unmatched connectivity and I/O options to ensure our customers get the most from
their Asus motherboard."

"Our loyal power users demand the best in graphics and multimedia performance
from our high performance boards for the AMD Athlon™ 64 processor," said Tony
Liao, Channel Marketing Division Associate Vice President, Gigabyte Technology
Co., Ltd. "Now with the arrival of the K8M800 based GA-K 8VM800M motherboard
users from all market segments can continue to enjoy highly-realistic graphics
and stunning visuals."

"By harnessing the VIA K8M800 North Bridge’s UniChrome™ Pro IGP and leveraging
the advanced features of the VIA VT8237 South Bridge, the SK83 provides
unmatched connectivity and I/O support, and brings a rich visual digital
experience to the AMD Athlon™ 64 platform," said Jonathon Yi, Vice President of
System Development, Shuttle.

About the VIA K8M800 Chipset
The VIA K8M800 is based on the widely acclaimed architecture and technology
first implemented in the K8T800 chipset, and also features the new UniChrome Pro
IGP and a revolutionary new low power design, which minimizes heat generated.
The low power, low heat design encourages a new generation of innovative, small
form factor devices, as well as affordable desktop PCs, based on the AMD Athlon
64 processor.

VIA’s Hyper8™ technology provides the industry’s fastest 16-bit/1.6GHz
implementation of the HyperTransport link between processor and chipset,
ensuring all AMD Athlon 64 and Opteron processor based systems achieve their
full performance potential. The K8M800’s UniChrome Pro IGP delivers exceptional
integrated graphics performance, featuring a dual pixel pipeline and 128-bit
2D/3D engine with support for up to 64MB of shared DDR memory for 3D gaming and
applications, while integrated MPEG-2 hardware acceleration delivers flawless
digital video playback and a rich visual experience. Furthermore, support for an
external AGP 8X port allows for optional graphic card upgrades.

In combination with the VIA VT8237 South Bridge, the VIA K8M800 provides a
comprehensive range of integrated storage, multimedia and connectivity options,
including native Serial ATA/RAID, as well as support for VIA Vinyl Audio, and
Gigabit Ethernet through the VIA Velocity controller.

The VIA K8M800 is part of VIA’s unique Modular Architecture Platform (V-MAP),
which minimizes design times and 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 K8M800 is available now, with customer motherboards expected to ship in
early Q1 2004. To learn more about the VIA K8M800 chipset, please visit VIA
website at:

http://www.via.com.tw/en/k8-series/k8m800.jsp.