VIA launches its own motherboard

Having launched the first chipset that supports the DDR SDRAM, VIA has now gone ahead and announced that it has developed its own motherboards as well.

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By  Vijaya George Published  October 15, 2001

VIA Technologies Inc. announced today that it was launching the VIA P4X266 series, its own line of motherboards for value market segments based around the VIA P4X266 core logic chipset, the first to support the high-performance DDR266 SDRAM, thereby, providing a cost effective platform for Intel Pentium IV processor-based PC systems, workstations and servers. A related chip is scheduled to be launched by Intel next year.

”VIA’s P4X266 is cheaper than the 845, outperforms it and will be almost as good as the 850. That way, we have made the P IV affordable,” says Tim Handley, international marketing specialist, Via Technologies, Inc.

The company has also announced the establishment of its Platform Solutions Division (VPSD), a new Business Unit that will enhance VIA’s ability to provide the complete platform solution for all market segments. The first releases from VPSD will include two motherboards — the VIA P4X266 PR22-R and the VIA P4X266 VL33-S. The 478-pin PR22-R motherboard combines support for up to 3GB of high bandwidth DDR266 SDRAM and 400MHz FSB with features such as onboard IDE RAID support and 6-channel audio. The 423-pin VL33-S motherboard provides a scalable solution with onboard AC’97 audio codec and also supports up to 3GB of DDR266 SDRAM.

VPSD will also bring in a wide selection of VIA-branded platforms for building high-performance PCs, workstations and servers, and facilitate the rapid development of a new generation of desktop and mobile Information PCs, Information Servers, and Information Stations as well.

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