viak8t900 s VIA Samples K8T900 Chipset

VIA today announced that VIA’s latest high performance chipset for the AMD
platform, the VIA K8T900, is sampling to leading motherboard partners to create
platforms tailored for the PC enthusiast market. Integrating VIA’s proprietary
RapidFire™ technology that incorporates a number of PCI Express enhancements,
the VIA K8T900 offers exceptional performance across the board, while also
featuring industry leading low power consumption. With the Flex Express™
architecture the VIA K8T900 supports advanced connectivity options including
dual x8 PCI Express connections for the latest multi-graphics card
configurations or alternatively a standard single x16 PCI Express graphics
connection. In combination with the VIA VT8251 South Bridge the K8T900 platform
offers unparalled peripheral support with an additional six x1 PCI Express
connections, as well as supporting up to four high speed SATA 3.0Gb/s hard
drives, and VIA Vinyl High Definition audio. VIA K8T900 is expected to be
available in volume quantities in Q1 2006. HKEPC has a first look of the board
here.

viak8t900 VIA Samples K8T900 Chipset

VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator and developer of silicon chip
technologies and PC platform solutions, today announced that VIA’s latest high
performance chipset for the AMD platform, the VIA K8T900, is sampling to leading
motherboard partners to create platforms tailored for the PC enthusiast market.

Integrating VIA’s proprietary RapidFire™ technology that incorporates a number
of PCI Express enhancements, the VIA K8T900 offers exceptional performance
across the board, while also featuring industry leading low power consumption.
With the Flex Express™ architecture the VIA K8T900 supports advanced
connectivity options including dual x8 PCI Express connections for the latest
multi-graphics card configurations or alternatively a standard single x16 PCI
Express graphics connection. In combination with the VIA VT8251 South Bridge the
K8T900 platform offers unparalled peripheral support with an additional six x1
PCI Express connections, as well as supporting up to four high speed SATA
3.0Gb/s hard drives, and VIA Vinyl High Definition audio.

“The VIA K8T900 chipset continues a strong path of support for all market
segments of the AMD platform,” commented Chewei Lin, Vice President of Product
Marketing, VIA Technologies, Inc. “VIA’s high performance RapidFire™ technology,
combined with dual x8 PCI Express graphics connections, makes VIA K8T900 an
unbeatable platform for the enthusiast community delivering high levels of
performance, a premium feature set, and unparalleled stability and
compatibility.”

VIA has also been working very closely with S3 Graphics to ensure support for
upcoming MultiChrome technology enabling two or more Chrome S27 cards to operate
together enabling higher levels of 3D acceleration. To ensure premium support
for MultiChrome configurations, the VIA K8T900’s dual x8 PCI Express connections
ensure plenty of graphics bandwidth, together with special attention to chipset
features that enable high speed communication between the graphic cards without
the need for special connectors or cables.

“MultiChrome technology is a standard feature in all graphics cards based on our
Chrome S27 graphics processors providing a powerful upgrade path for gamers
looking for cost effective high performance 3D action,” commented Dr. Ken Weng,
General Manager of S3 Graphics. “S3 Graphics has been working very closely with
VIA in the development of our MultiChrome technology, and based on its
outstanding performance we certainly consider VIA K8T900 as today’s premium
platform to support MultiChrome configurations.”

About the VIA K8T900 Chipset


Designed to support a complete range of AMD Athlon™ 64, and AMD Athlon™ 64 FX
processors, the VIA K8T900 delivers a leading edge platform for PC Enthusiasts.
Featuring VIA RapidFire™ technology for leading performance, the VIA K8T900 also
integrates a single x16 PCI Graphics card connection or alternatively two x8 PCI
Express connections supporting for the latest high performance multi graphics
card configurations. In addition the VIA K8T900 supports an additional four x1
PCI Express connections to the latest PCI Express peripheral devices. In
combination with the latest VIA VT8251 South Bridge the VIA K8T900 platform
offers leading edge connectivity with support for an additional two x1 PCI
Express connections, four SATA 3.0Gb/s connections with VIA V-RAID support, and
the VIA Vinyl Audio suite including support for High Definition audio. VIA
K8T900 is also designed to be pin-for-pin compatible with existing VIA K8T890
chipset platforms. For further information about the VIA K8T900 chipset please
visit the VIA website at:


www.via.com.tw/en/products/chipsets/k8-series/k8t900/

VIA K8T900 Availability and Pricing


VIA K8T900 is expected to be available in volume quantities in Q1 2006. Pricing
is available upon request.

About S3 Graphics Chrome S27 with MultiChrome Technology


With a core clock of 700Mhz, Chrome S27 operates at the highest frequency of any
GPU currently available, yet takes full advantage of its highly efficient design
and ultra low power 90nm manufacturing to set new records for performance per
watt. Chrome S27 also offers flexible memory support up to DDR3, and a powerful
visual experience with the Chromotion 3.0 video engine. All Chrome S27 graphic
cards are MultiChrome enabled, S3 Graphics open platform and cable free multi
processor technology. Through its advanced driver technology, MultiChrome
technology can intelligently enable the rendering of 3D applications using
Alternative Frame Rendering (AFR) or Spit Frame Rendering (SFR) modes making
possible high rates of acceleration for today’s leading game titles. For more
information on the S3 Graphic’s Chrome S27 processors, please visit:

http://www.s3graphics.com/en/products/chrome_s27/

HKEPC has a first look of the board
here.