Press Release: FIC Announces 2 Sweet New Motherboards For Intel  Pentium 4 CPUs and DDR SDRAM


Posted By Kathy Smith

Date: January 9, 2002

January 7th - First International Computer Inc. (FIC) affirms its position as the leader of the pack by announcing two brand new Intel® 845™ chipset boards Motherboards that incorporate powerful DDR SDRAM memory. The VC15 and VC35 motherboards combine the sheer power and unrivalled clock speed of the Pentium® 4 processor with the convenience of cost effective, powerful DDR SDRAM memory. They both support Pentium® 4 CPUs (478-pin FC-PGA2 package) from 1.4GHz - 2.0GHz+.

"Intel’s 845 Chipset, when combined with DDR SDRAM provides the perfect solution for budget conscious users who cannot sacrifice performance,” said President of FIC's Networking and Information Group, Gene Sheu, in a statement this morning. “DDR SDRAM doubles the bandwidth of the memory, allowing a significant increase in performance. Intel’s cooperation was paramount to our timely introduction of these two sweet new boards, so we’d like to thank them.”

According to Sheu, Intel’s P4 CPU features highly advanced “Netburst” micro-architecture which doubles the instruction pipeline, runs ALU at 2x core frequency and significantly improves L1 and L2 cache performance. In addition, it provides 400MHz Front Side Bus and has an improved instruction set (SSE2). The VC15 and VC35 motherboards are fully packed with features to best utilize this technology, including 1x AGP 4X slot, ATA/100, On-Board Audio, optional LAN and 1x CNR slot. Both boards use an Intel 845 North Bridge and an Intel ICH2 South Bridge. The VC15 features an ATX form factor while the VC35 uses a Micro ATX form factor.

By pairing the P4 CPU with DDR SDRAM memory, the VC15 and VC35 motherboards users an impressive combination of low cost and ultra high performance.

The VC15 Motherboard
Form Factor:         ATX
Memory:                3x DIMM Sockets up to 3GB 266MHZ DDR SDRAM
Expansion Slots:  1x AGP 4X, 2 USB, 5x PCI, 1x CNR

The VC35 Motherboard
Form Factor:        Micro ATX
Memory:               2x DIMM Sockets up to 2GB PC133 DDR SDRAM
Expansion Slots: 1x AGP 4X, 2 USB, 3x PCI, 1x CNR

Novus and Software Highlights
At home or in the office, all users are sure to appreciate FIC's pioneering NOVUS suite of features, which offers advanced utilities such as Overclock Partner, Logo Genie, BIOS Guardian and Hot Key. Overclockers will love the multiple clock settings, and the superior package of bundled software also includes Norton Anti-Virus 2001, Ghost and Personal Firewall 2001 - for a very high level of system security. The unique combination of makes these cost-efficient/high performance board a pleasure to use.

About FIC
First International Computer, Inc (FIC) is a world leader in the design and production of motherboards, PC systems, servers and notebooks. A financially strong, publicly listed company, FIC was founded in Taipei back in 1980. The company now has a global workforce of 4500 employees spread among a 3C foundry, four suppliers hubs, eight manufacturing sites and nine branch offices. The company’s successful “1stMainboard” motherboards have enabled FIC to become a leading supplier for many of the industry's leading PC brand names. FIC has also become a market pioneer in the development of thin clients/slim servers and new age Information Appliances thanks largely to its engineering expertise and highly advanced R&D facilities. Among the company’s key strengths are a highly sophisticated worldwide logistics system, a commitment to developing top quality products, and an emphasis on putting the customer first. These factors help to explain why today, FIC has become firmly established in the OEM/ODM and Distributor markets.

The latest information about FIC products and services can be found at www.fic.com.tw or by contacting marketing@fic.com.tw.