De Hongaarse mannen van hwsw.hu hebben een interview afgenomen met Richard Brown, Marketing Director bij VIA Technologies. Het verhaal richt zich vooral op de aankomende (DDR) chipsets en VIA's Cyrix processors. Hieronder heb je vast 3 interessante vragen over de KT266, VIA's High Definition Interconnect Technology en de Savage4 graphics core:
HWSW: I'd like to start with some questions about your chipsets, because this seems now the main market for VIA with almost 50% of market share. VIA has introduced its DDR enabled chipsets lately, and we know that these chipsets will be shipping very soon. As far as I am informed, the DDR chipset for the Athlon/Duron platform, the KT266 will appear a month later than the Apollo Pro266 for the Pentium III platform. What's the reason for this?
Richard: It think it is primarily about resources. VIA is a big company, but when you're rolling out a lot of products you always have to set priorities. The customers are screaming that "I want the Pentium III version" and "I also want the Athlon version". I think we have to make sure that we get Intel Pentium III version out first and to be sure that it's solid, the performance is good, the reliability is good and then we can very quickly follow on with KT266.
HWSW: During the summer, VIA announced High Definition Interconnect Technology. When will the first chipsets based on this technology be available?
Richard: The basic core of that technology is the DDR chipset. And then what we will be doing is building on that with adding, for example, a PCI-X controller or boosting the memory bandwidth. But I think during these chipsets will start to come out by the end of the first half of 2001.
HWSW: As to DDR enabled integrated chipsets, during the presentation Mr. Chang [Director of Product Marketing for VIA] said that VIA used the Savage4 graphic core in its chipsets because it made the best use of SDR memory bandwidth. If VIA introduces DDR enabled integrated chipsets, what kind of graphic core will be integrated into it?
Richard: We'll use the S3 Savage core as the graphics engine for our DDR chipsets. It provides the best balance of price and performance.
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