VIA heeft vandaag de Apollo Pro266 en Apollo KT266 chipsets aangekondigd. Beide chipsets bieden ondersteuning voor PC2100 DDR SDRAM, maar kunnen ook overweg met Virtual Channel Memory en normaal SDR SDRAM. De verbinding tussen north- en southbridge wordt gelegd middels VIA's nieuwe V-Link bus, die de bandbreedte tussen de n/s-bridge verhoogd van 133MB/s naar 266MB/s. De chips worden geproduceerd bij TSMC op een 0,22micron procédé. De OEM prijs van de chipsets is 40 dollar, circa 5 dollar boven de prijs van de Apollo Pro133A.
VIA is nog onduidelijk over de beschikbaarheid van de Pro266 en KT266 chipset. De verwachting is dat de Apollo Pro266 een voorrangsbehandeling krijgt vanwege de grotere markt voor Pentium III processors. Volgens eerdere berichten kan de release van de KT266 chipset zelfs nog 6 maanden op zich laten wachten:
VIA Technologies, Inc. today announced the launch of the VIA Apollo Pro266 and VIA Apollo KT266 chipsets, enabling the industry-wide adoption of Double Data Rate (DDR266) DRAM as the next generation memory standard for high-performance server, workstation, and PC applications on the IntelÒ Socket 370 and AMD Socket A processor platforms.
With their support for DDR266 DRAM, the VIA Apollo Pro266 and VIA Apollo KT266 provide the headroom necessary to deliver optimum system performance by doubling memory data throughput and reaching a peak memory bandwidth of 2.1GB per second. To ensure balanced overall system performance, the chipsets also come with a host of other leading-edge features, including a 133MHz Front Side Bus, AGP4X, ATA-100 support, and a new high-speed low-latency V-Link bus that doubles the communication bandwidth between the North and South Bridge to 266MB per second.
VIA Apollo Pro266
The VIA Apollo Pro266 is the first chipset on the market to enhance the performance of single and dual IntelÒ PentiumÒ III processor based systems with its support for the new generation of high-speed DDR266 DRAM. To provide a smooth migration path for existing system designs, it also supports PC133 and VCM DRAM. In addition to a 133MHz Front Side Bus, AGP4X, and ATA-100 support, the VIA Apollo Pro266 also features a new high-speed V-Link bus that doubles the communication bandwidth between the North and South Bridge to 266MB per second. The V-Link bus is an extension of the internal memory bus structure and further boosts performance with a guaranteed turn-around time and low latency.
A two-chip set consisting of the VT8363 North Bridge and VT8233 South Bridge, the VIA Apollo Pro266 also comes with integrated six channel advanced audio, six USB ports, LPC bus, and integrated 10/100Mbps Ethernet and Home PNA.
VIA Apollo KT266
- Supports Singe/Dual Intelâ PentiumÒ III processors as well as
- Intelâ Celeronä , & VIA Cyrixâ III processors
- 66/100/133MHz FSB settings
- Support for AGP 2X/4X
- Supports up to 4GB DDR266 SDRAM as well as PC133/66/100
- SDRAM and Virtual Channel memory
- 266MB/sec high bandwidth North/South Bridge V-Link Bus
- Support for Advanced Communications Riser (ACR)
- Integrated 6 channel AC-97 Audio
- Integrated MC-97 Modem
- Integrated 10/100 BaseT Ethernet controller or Home PNA
- Support for ATA 33/66/100
- 6 USB ports, UHCI compliant
- Integrated I/O APIC for dual processor support
- Advanced power management capabilities
- 552-pin BGA VT8633 North Bridge
- 376-pin BGA VT8233 South Bridge
Combining support for high-speed DDR266 DRAM with an ultra-fast Front Side Bus, AGP4X, and ATA-100 support, the VIA Apollo KT266 delivers a new level of performance for AMD AthlonÔ processor based systems. Other features include the new high-speed V-Link bus, as integrated six channel advanced audio, six USB ports, LPC bus, and integrated 10/100Mbps Ethernet and Home PNA.
Pricing & Availability
The VIA Apollo Pro266 and the VIA Apollo KT266 are manufactured at TSMC in a .22 micron, 3 metal layer process, and are priced at $40 in OEM quantities. Product photographs and product backgrounders are available upon request. Please contact VIA for more information. Motherboards featuring the VIA Apollo Pro266 will be on display at the forthcoming VIA Technology Forum in Taipei on 20-21 September.