iXBT vertelt ons dat VIA enkele aanpassingen heeft gedaan aan haar chipset roadmap. Hier zijn alle details:
Pentium North Bridges
The most successful VIA's Apollo Pro 133A will be replaced by Apollo Pro266 (mass production - Q3) and Apollo PX266 (samples - Q4). The first one is a next generation mainstream chipset with DDR266 support, NB/SB bandwidth 266MB/s (V-Link), etc. The second one, PX266, is a solution for workstation, multi-processor server and high-end desktop - the first VIA's high-end chipset. It features up to 4 CPUs support and dual V-Links.
Of course, VIA has its integrated solutions for Pentium based systems - PM133, PL133, and PM266 with Savage4 graphics core. PL133 is a newly added chipset - it is pin-to-pin compatible with PM133 and is a light version of PM133. It has no external AGP port support feature. PL133 is sampling this month, PM 266 will appear in Q4 along with Pro266 chipset.
Athlon North Bridges
KX133 will be replaced by KZ133 and KX266 (sampling May and August respectively). KX266 is almost the same as Pro266 chipset but features (of course) 266MHz EV6 bus. KZ133 will have its integrated versions - KM133 and KL133 (without external AGP), and KX266 - KM266 (sampling in May and January respectively).
686A will be replaced by VT8231 with PCI-LPC, ATA100 support, integrated Ethernet and HomePHA controllers. In September VT82C686B (pin-to-pin compatible with 686A) with dual-channel ATA100 controller will be available.
596B will be replaced by VT8233 with V-Link support, high performance AC'97 sound, Ethernet and HomePNA controllers, 6 USB ports and ATA100 support.
Hmm... KX266 sampling in augustus. Ik hoop dat VIA dit ook echt haalt; de markt staat werkelijk te springen om DDR borden...