Press Release: VIA Launches ProSavageDDR PN266T, The First DDR266 Memory Based Mobile Chipset For Intel® Pentium® III Processor-M based systems

Posted By Kathy Smith

Date: January 25, 2002

VIA ProSavageDDR PN266T mobile chipset with DDR266 memory support delivers a decisive performance improvement and extends battery life for Intel® and VIA processor-based mobile platforms.

Taipei, Taiwan, 23 January 2002 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator and developer of core logic chipsets, microprocessors, and multimedia, networking and communications chips, today announced the launch of the VIA ProSavageDDR PN266T (codename: Twister-T DDR) mobile chipset for mobile Intel® Pentium® III Processor-M, Intel® Pentium® III, Intel® Celeron™ and VIA C3™ processor-based notebook PCs.

The VIA ProSavageDDR PN266T is the first mobile chipset to support fast DDR266 memory for Intel and VIA processor based systems, outperforming the hugely popular VIA ProSavage PN133 (codename: Twister) PC133 based chipset, and reducing power consumption through a 30% reduction in memory voltage.

The VIA ProSavageDDR PN266T also has S3 Graphics ProSavage8™ technology with AGP 8X equivalent bandwidth integrated into the chipset North Bridge. This delivers stunning video quality for key applications like DVD playback while eliminating the need for a discrete graphics card, thus saving real estate on the mainboard ensuring even lower power consumption in thin and light notebook designs. ProSavage8™ is an enhanced version of the proven ProSavage4™ core seen in the successful VIA ProSavage PN133 and shares the same comprehensive driver set, enabling risk free market deployment for OEMs and mobile system developers.

“The success of the VIA ProSavage PN133 has given VIA a significant share of the integrated mobile chipset market,” commented Ted Lee, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, VIA Technologies, Inc. “The VIA ProSavageDDR PN266T with DDR266 memory and ProSavage8 integrated graphics offers even more performance and will help drive the acceptance of DDR memory in this high growth segment”

"The combination of DDR memory and integrated graphics is a good fit for mobile systems because it offers an appealing balance of performance, power consumption and price," said Mike Feibus, Principal of Feibus Strategic Consulting in Scottsdale, Arizona. "Integrated graphics chipsets are taking a growing slice of the mobile market, and the emergence of DDR memory support should accelerate this trend."

About VIA ProSavageDDR PN266T
Supporting DDR SDRAM, built-in high performance S3 Graphics ProSavage8™ 2D/3D engine with equivalent AGP 8X bandwidth, and a 133MHz front side bus, the VIA ProSavageDDR PN266T is the fastest chipset for the Intel® Pentium® III Processor-M, Intel® Pentium® III, Intel® Celeron™ and VIA C3™ processor based mobile systems. Building on the success of the VIA ProSavage PN133, the VIA ProSavageDDR PN266T has a full set of networking and communication features with the exact specification depending on your choice of VIA V-MAP 8233 Series South Bridge. As standard these include Integrated 2 Channel AC'97 Audio, Integrated MC'97 Modem, Support for ATA 33/66/100 and 6 USB ports. Options include an integrated 3Com® networking MAC. The VIA ProSavageDDR PN266T also possesses important mobile attributes such as integrated dual channel LVDS and support for Intel SpeedStep™ power management.

Manufacturing & Availability
The VIA ProSavageDDR PN266T chipset is manufactured at TSMC in a .22 micron, 3 metal layer process, and is shipping in OEM quantities now. A photo and product backgrounder is available upon request. Please contact VIA Technologies, Inc. for more information or check the website: www.via.com.tw.

About VIA Technologies, Inc.
VIA Technologies, Inc. is a leading innovator and developer of PC core logic chipsets, microprocessors, and multimedia, communications and networking 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 2001. Additional information can be found at www.via.com.tw.


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