VIA introduces its own audio controller
In the run-up to Computex, everyone had expected the presentation of new mainboard chipsets. However, VIA was able to surprise the trade press with the presentation of a new audio chip. According to VIA, the processor called Envy24HT is supposed to 'redefine the standard for PC audio'.
The chip was developed in cooperation with the companies M-Audio, TerraTec, Altec Lansing and ESI. It was manufactured by ICEnsemble, which VIA took over in 2000. The Envy24HT has a resolution of 24Bit and sampling rates of up to 192kHz, as well as two audio inputs and ten outputs. The implementation of 5.1 or 7.1 should not be a problem. VIA will continue to integrate AC'97 audio codecs in the mainboard chipsets in the future. However, the VIA logo should also soon be found on a number of sound cards.