Press Release: VIA Announces New VIA P4XB Series Mainboards Featuring Leading VIA Apollo P4X266A Chipset


Posted By Kathy Smith

Date: December 4, 2001


VIA first to market with high performance mainboards based on the new VIA Apollo P4X266A chipset, providing the ultimate platforms for Intel® Pentium® 4 processor based PCs, workstations and servers.

Taipei, Taiwan, 4 December 2001 -
VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator and developer of core logic chipsets, microprocessors, and multimedia and communications chips, today announced the VIA P4XB-RA and P4XB-SA high performance mainboards based on the recently launched VIA Apollo P4X266A chipset for the Intel Pentium 4 platform.

The VIA P4X266A chipset builds upon the proven performance of the highly acclaimed VIA P4X266 chipset, offering a memory performance gain of up to 20% through its Performance Driven Design and the world’s fastest DDR memory controller. The ATX-sized VIA P4XB-RA and VIA P4XB-SA mainboards support up to 3GB of high bandwidth DDR266 SDRAM and 400 MHz FSB and a full range of 478 pin Intel Pentium 4 processors at speeds of up to 2GHz and beyond.

The VIA P4XB-RA mainboard also offers state-of-the-art onboard audio capabilities via a C-Media six-channel audio chip, and support for IDE RAID via an onboard Promise PDC20265R controller. With IDE RAID modes 0 and 1 supported, users can effectively double hard drive performance (striping) and have the option of failsafe data backup (mirroring). Both the VIA P4XB-RA and P4XB-SA mainboards provide three DIMM slots, one AGP 4X slot, five PCI slots and one CNR slot for maximized scalability options.

“The combination of unparalleled performance, unbeatable stability and an unsurpassed feature set ensure that the VIA P4XB-RA and P4XB-SA mainboards provide the ultimate solution for the Pentium 4 platform,” commented Richard Brown, Director of International Marketing at VIA Technologies, Inc.

The P4XB-R and P4XB-S mainboards with the same configuration featuring the earlier P4X266 chipset are also available, offering superb levels of performance and boasting the same feature rich specifications.

VIA P4XB Series Mainboards Pricing and Availability

The entire range of the VIA P4XB Series mainboards is currently shipping and will be available in retail stores in December. Pricing information is available upon request. Further details of these and other VIA mainboards can be found at the VPSD website: http://www.viavpsd.com.

About VIA Technologies, Inc.

VIA Technologies, Inc. is a leading innovator and developer of PC core logic chipsets, microprocessors, and multimedia and communications chips. VIA delivers value to the PC industry by designing, marketing, and selling high-performance VIA Apollo core logic chipsets for the full range of PC platforms, and cost-effective VIA C3™ processors for Value PCs and Internet Appliances, as well as developing complete solutions for the PC platform through its VPSD Business Unit. Its customers include the world's top OEMs, mainboard manufacturers, and system integrators. VIA is headquartered in Taipei, Taiwan, at the center of the Greater China high-tech manufacturing engine, and has branch offices in the US, China and Europe. The company is listed on the Taiwan Stock Exchange (TSE2388), and achieved annual revenues of nearly US$1 billion in 2000. Additional information can be found at www.via.com.tw.

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Dan Havey

Phone: 1-510-687-4678

Fax: 1-501-423-9170

Email: DanHavey@viatech.com

Richard Brown

Phone: (886)-2-2218-5452 #6201

Fax: (886)-2-2218-5453

Email: RichardBrown@via.com.tw