Press Release: VIA Launches the VIA ProSavageDDR P4M266, the First Integrated Graphics Chipset for the Intel® Pentium® 4 Processor Platform


Posted By Kathy Smith

Date: November 1, 2001

Delivering the powerful performance of the Intel Pentium 4 processor combined with fast DDR266 SDRAM and effective AGP 8X bandwidth graphics at ultra-competitive price points.

Taipei, Taiwan, Thursday 1st November, 2001 -
VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator and developer of core logic chipsets, microprocessors, and multimedia and communications chips, today announced the launch of the VIA ProSavageDDR P4M266, the first core logic chipset with integrated graphics for the Intel® Pentium® 4 processor.

Harnessing industry-leading DDR (Double Data Rate) SDRAM memory and the rich 2D/3D quality of the enhanced S3 Graphics ProSavage8™ core with effective AGP 8X bandwidth, the VIA ProSavageDDR P4M266 raises the performance bar for cost effective desktop computing and provides significant headroom for running the demanding software applications of the future. The VIA ProSavageDDR P4M266 also boasts the latest South Bridge technology with first to market innovations like cost saving integrated 3Com® networking in the VT8233C and the introduction of Ultra ATA-133 in the VT8233A. Ultra ATA-133, offering 33% more bandwidth between hard drive and CPU, enables the VIA ProSavageDDR P4M266 to deliver more performance in data intensive applications like business productivity software than rival mainstream desktop platforms.

For OEMs and System Integrators, development costs are minimized by the comprehensive S3 Graphics driver set and the flexibility of the VIA Modular Architecture Platform (V-MAP) with a choice of pin compatible South Bridge designs and an optional external AGP port enabling a variety different system configurations based on the same platform.

“The VIA ProSavageDDR P4M266 with integrated graphics and DDR memory reduces system cost while delivering unprecedented performance and stability, making a compelling argument for widespread corporate migration to the Intel Pentium 4 processor platform” commented Richard Brown, Director of Marketing at VIA Technologies, Inc. “The launch of the first integrated graphics chipset for the Intel Pentium 4 reinforces VIA’s leadership position in developing DDR memory based chipset solutions for the most powerful processors available”.

VIA ProSavageDDR P4M266

The VIA ProSavageDDR P4M266 with a 400MHz Front Side Bus, the high performance DDR 200/266 memory controller from the VIA Apollo P4X266, and the superb performance of the enhanced S3 Graphics ProSavage8™ core yields an unbeatable mix of power, flexibility and value. Supporting enhanced 128-bit 3D and 2D engines, effective AGP 8X equivalent internal bandwidth throughput through 128-bit data paths, 32MB of Frame Buffer capability and DVD DXVA Motion Compensation for smooth DVD playback, the integrated S3 Graphics ProSavage8™ core provides class leading 2D,3D, video quality and performance. Flexibility is enhanced by an optional external AGP slot to enable future upgrades if required.

Supporting up to 4.0GB of DDR memory, the VIA ProSavageDDR P4M266 leverages the power of the Intel® Pentium® 4 processor to full effect, enabling outstanding multitasking capabilities and allowing corporate and consumer customers to fully exploit Microsoft Windows® XP and Office XP applications, with significant headroom for the next generation of software applications and Internet technologies. On industry standard benchmarks such as 3D Winmark, the VIA ProSavageDDR P4M266 provides performance gains of up to 100% when compared with systems using an Intel Pentium® III processor and Intel 815 chipset, the current desktop standard.

VIA Modular Architecture Platform

The flexibility of the VIA ProSavageDDR P4M266 is further enhanced by the unique VIA Modular Architecture Platform (V-MAP), which allows customers to couple the North Bridge with a variety of South Bridge chips depending on their required feature sets. These include the VT8233 and VT8233A (with Ultra ATA/133 Interface), and the VT8233C, which features an integrated 3Com 10/100Mb Ethernet Media Access Controller (MAC) as well as built-in AC’97 audio, MC’97 modem support, 6 USB ports, and Advanced Power Management.

V-MAP also makes the VIA ProSavageDDR P4M266 integrated North Bridge pin-to-pin compatible with the VIA Apollo P4X266, enabling OEMs and SIs to reduce their costs and time to market by offering systems covering a full spectrum of system price points using a single motherboard platform.

VIA ProSavageDDR Pricing & Availability

The VIA ProSavageDDR P4M266 chipset is manufactured by S3 Graphics, Inc. Pricing, pictures and a product backgrounder is available upon request; please contact VIA for more information.

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, as well as cost-effective VIA C3™ processors for Value PCs and Internet Appliances. 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.

About S3 Graphics, Inc.

S3 Graphics, Inc. specializes in providing the complete graphics solution for PCs, with a range of multimedia chipsets and chipsets with graphics, and peripheral functions for the mobile and desktop markets. S3 Graphics has already shipped a number of joint venture products including ProSavage™ PM133 and ProSavage™ KM133 for the integrated desktop market and ProSavage™ PN133 (known informally as Twister) and ProSavage™ KN133, for the mobile market. With a firm focus on R&D, S3 Graphics is working towards an exciting and aggressive roadmap of future product releases. Further information can be found at www.s3graphics.com.

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