VIA launches new PT880 Pentium 4 chipset

Posted on Friday, November 07 2003 @ 17:04 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
Today VIA released a new Pentium 4 chipset named PT880. This Pentium 4 chipset support all the latest features like 800MHz FSB, AGP 8x, Serial ATA, V-RAID, ... And a few new things like DualStream64 and DriveStation:
The VIA PT880 introduces the revolutionary DualStream64 memory controller, providing lightening fast access to system memory to enable unparalleled performance in power-hungry 3D graphics and multimedia applications, so providing the optimum platform for today's most demanding PC enthusiasts and professionals.

DualStream64 achieves impressive memory bandwidths of up to 4,800 MB/s by harnessing intuitive technologies such as an enhanced data prefetch protocol, improved memory branch prediction with a larger on-chip branch table, and tighter read/write turn-around for improved clock timings. Furthermore, with an asynchronous bus design and the new high throughput Ultra V-Link chipset interconnect enabling a 1066GB/s link with the VT8237 South Bridge, the PT880 allows maximum system flexibility and optimization options, as is often demanded by today's power users.

In combination with the acclaimed VIA VT8237 South Bridge, the VIA PT880 offers the most complete range of storage, multimedia and connectivity features for the Intel Pentium 4 processor. In addition to enabling native support for two Serial ATA Hard Drives, as well as up to four IDE devices, it provides optimal data transfer rates and data integrity through V-RAID, a revolutionary integrated RAID controller with support for RAID Level 0, RAID Level 1, RAID 0+1, and JBOD configurations.

The VT8237 also features the VIA Vinyl Multichannel Audio Suite for superlative 6-channel and 8-channel immersion audio support, while VIA's Advanced Connectivity Suite offers a host of high-bandwidth connectivity options, including support for the VIA Gigabit Ethernet companion controller, integrated 10/100Mbps Fast Ethernet and up to eight high-speed USB 2.0 ports.

The VIA PT880 is part of VIA's unique Modular Architecture Platform (V-MAP) that reduces design times and shortens time-to-market for motherboard partners through pin-compatibility with VIA core-logic solutions, and allows motherboard partners to cover multiple market segments with a single design
More specifications can be found here

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