VIA today announced that the new VIA KT880 dual channel chipset has been selected by the world’s leading mainboard vendors including Asus, Gigabyte and MSI to power their flagship AMD Athlon XP processor platforms. Featuring the DualStream64™ memory controller, an intuitive package of new dual channel DDR400 memory technologies, and a host of top-class connectivity features, the KT880 sports native Serial ATA/RAID, VIA Vinyl 6-channel Audio, 10/100 Ethernet, as well as optional VIA Vinyl Gold 8-channel Audio and VIA Velocity Gigabit Ethernet support through the addition of VIA companion controllers.

VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator and developer of
silicon chip technologies and PC platform solutions, today announced that the
new VIA KT880 dual channel chipset has been selected by the world’s leading
mainboard vendors including Asus, Gigabyte and MSI to power their flagship AMD
Athlon XP processor platforms.

Featuring the DualStream64™ memory controller, an intuitive package of new dual
channel DDR400 memory technologies, and a host of top-class connectivity
features, the KT880 sports native Serial ATA/RAID, VIA Vinyl 6-channel Audio,
10/100 Ethernet, as well as optional VIA Vinyl Gold 8-channel Audio and VIA
Velocity Gigabit Ethernet support through the addition of VIA companion
controllers.

"With the launch of the KT880 chipset, VIA further extends our leadership
position across the entire AMD processor platform," commented Chewei Lin, Vice
President of Product Marketing, VIA Technologies, Inc. "Our customers are
delighted to be able to add innovative new features to their AMD Athlon XP
mainboards as they continue to see the platform playing an important role in
their AMD product mix through 2004."

Broad Industry Support for the VIA KT880

The world’s leading motherboard manufacturers have confirmed
new AMD Athlon XP flagship mainboard designs featuring the VIA KT880 chipset,
including ABIT, Acorp, AsRock, ASUS, Chaintech, DFI, Epox, Gigabyte, Jetway, MSI,
Soltek, and Soyo, clearly demonstrating the strong industry support for the
platform. Here’s what some of the industry’s foremost vendors are saying about
the VIA KT880:

"Our customers are demanding dual channel DDR memory performance and the latest
connectivity technologies," said Joe Hsieh, Vice President, ASUS Motherboard
Business Unit, "The VIA KT880 chipset delivers on all counts and is set to power
our flagship Socket A motherboards."

"The VIA Apollo KT880 is the latest in a series of performance chipsets from VIA
that have been successfully implemented in our Socket A motherboard range," said
Tony Liao, Associate Vice President, GIGABYTE. "VIA chipsets provide a
combination of performance and stability that allows our customers to get the
best from their AMD Athlon XP processor based systems."

"We have a large and loyal fan base of AMD mainboard users who have come to
expect a lot from our KT family of boards," said Jeans Huang, Senior Vice
President of R&D Division, MSI. "Our new VIA KT880-based KT880 Delta-FSR will
not disappoint these loyal fans."

 

About the VIA KT880 Chipset with DualStream64

The VIA KT880 chipset brings DualStream64™ dual channel DDR400
memory performance and VIA VT8237 South Bridge connectivity to the AMD Athlon XP
processor platform. Building on the market leading position of the VIA KT
Series, the KT880 offers additional category-leading features such as AGP 8X,
400MHz FSB, Native Serial ATA/RAID, in addition to 8-channel audio and Gigabit
Ethernet when paired with VIA companion controllers.

The VIA DualStream64 dual channel DDR400 memory controller achieves impressive
memory bandwidths of up to 6,400 MB/s by harnessing intuitive technologies such
as an enhanced data prefetch protocol, improved memory branch prediction with a
larger on-chip branch table, and tighter read/write turn-around for improved
clock timings. Furthermore, the high throughput V-Link North/South Bridge
interconnect enables a 533MB/s link with the VT8237 South Bridge, allowing
maximum system flexibility and optimization options, as is often demanded by
today’s power users.

In combination with the acclaimed VIA VT8237 South Bridge, the VIA KT880 offers
the most complete range of storage, multimedia and connectivity features for the
AMD Athlon XP processor. In addition to enabling native support for two Serial
ATA Hard Drives, as well as up to four IDE devices, the VIA DriveStation
Controller Suite provides optimal data transfer rates and data integrity through
V-RAID, a revolutionary integrated RAID controller with support for RAID Level
0, RAID Level 1, RAID 0+1, and JBOD configurations.

The VT8237 also features the VIA Vinyl Multichannel Audio Suite for superlative
6-channel and 8-channel immersion audio support, while VIA’s Advanced
Connectivity Suite offers a host of high-bandwidth connectivity options,
including support for the VIA Gigabit Ethernet companion controller, integrated
10/100Mbps Fast Ethernet and up to eight high-speed USB 2.0 ports.

The VIA KT880 is part of VIA’s unique Modular Architecture Platform (V-MAP) that
reduces design times and shortens time-to-market for motherboard partners
through pin-compatibility with VIA core-logic solutions, and allows motherboard
partners to cover multiple market segments with a single design.

For further information on the VIA KT880, please see the VIA website at:

http://www.via.com.tw/en/k7-series/kt880.jsp