New chipsets from VIA

New chipsets from VIA

VIA will present its new chipsets with Double Data Rate Support (DDR) at the VIA Technology Forum, which starts tomorrow in Taipei. The VIA Apollo Pro266 is designed for Intel CPUs and other Socket 370 compatible CPUs.

The VIA Apollo KT266 is the AMD counterpart to the Apollo Pro266, therefore only suitable for AMD Athlon-Thunderbird and Duron. Apart from the CPU interface, the two chipsets don't differ that much. The Apollo Pro266 works with an FSB of either 66, 100 or 133 MHz and is also suitable for dual processors. The Apollo KT266 officially only supports the 100 MHz bus clock with double data rate interface (DDR200). However, it is strongly expected that the upcoming AMD bus with a 133 MHz double data rate interface will be supported. Dual processor capability is not provided for the KT266 (so far). VIA has the chipsets manufactured by TSMC. There they are manufactured in a 0.22 micron process with 3 metal layers. In OEM quantities, the price is said to be $ 40. But you don't have to buy new memory automatically: In addition to DDR memory, conventional PC66, PC100 and PC133 memories are also supported. With the two new chipsets, VIA is now using the new V-Link bus for the first time. This allows a data throughput of up to 266 MB/s between north and south bridge. Further features:

  • AGP 4x
  • ATA-100 support
  • integrated ACR interface
  • integrated 6-channel AC76- Sound
  • integrated network interface

The network interface can be used either as a 10/100 MBit Ethernet port or as a home PNA port, which is rarely used in this country. Other supported interfaces are an MC-97 modem, 6 USB ports and a power management port. At the moment it is only certain that board manufacturers will present the first prototypes at the VIA Forum, when the first boards with GDR support will be in storesis currently unclear. AMD also wants to develop chipsets with DDR support. But AMD has not yet published any details about the AMD-760 chipset. Prices and availability are also unknown. When Intel will come up with DDR chips in view of the close liaison with Rambus is not yet foreseeable.