This certification means that customers will enjoy the assuredness of digitally signed drivers and the ability to update drivers distributed via Windows update. The testing involved in the certification program also confirms trouble-free installation of Windows Vista, including Ultimate, Enterprise, Business, Home Premium and Home Basic editions.
In addition, the Microsoft Windows Vista Basic logo verifies that the VIA K8M890 and VIA P4M900 chipsets support functions that take advantage of some of the latest Windows installations, guaranteeing a secure, reliable and stable experience with the new operating system.
The VIA K8M890 and VIA P4M900 North Bridges both feature the VIA Chrome9 IGP (Integrated Graphics Processor) core which provides DirectX 9.0 graphics support with hardware pixel shaders, supported by a WDDM driver for Microsoft Windows Vista. Both chipsets also offer support for the latest PCI Express add-in graphics cards, giving SIs and OEMs unparalleled flexibility to provide systems for a wide range of market segments.
The VIA P4M900 chipset supports up to 1066MHz FSB Intel processors including the latest Intel Core2 Extreme processors, as well as support for up to 667MHz DDR2 memory. The VIA K8M890 chipset supports the full range of AMD Athlon64 and AMD Sempron processors, including those supporting the latest AM2 socket.
Both chipsets feature the Ultra V-Link bus for connecting to VIA's feature rich range of South Bridge chips including the VT8251 which supports high fidelity VIA Vinyl HD audio codecs featuring up to 24-bit/192KHz audio resolutions and up to eight audio channels.