VIA today announced the first IGP chipset for AMD Athlon 64 processors, the VIA K8M800 with integrated S3 graphics UniChrome Pro solution.
The VIA K8M800 builds on the success of the VIA K8T800, currently the undisputed leading chipset for the AMD64 platform, to enable the development of a new generation of affordable AMD Athlon 64 processor based mainstream desktops. In bringing the new S3 Graphics UniChrome™ Pro IGP to the platform, VIA is enabling the expansion of powerful 64-bit computing beyond the realms of high-end workstations and gaming PCs.
"By delivering the first IGP chipset for the AMD64 platform we are helping broaden the reach of 64-bit computing," said Chewei Lin, Vice President of Product Marketing, VIA Technologies, Inc. "The K8M800 chipset with the UniChrome Pro IGP enables the development of innovative small form factor devices based on the AMD Athlon 64 processor, without compromising the user's multimedia or entertainment experience."
In combination with the VIA VT8237 South Bridge, the VIA K8M800 provides a comprehensive range of integrated storage, multimedia and connectivity options, including native Serial ATA/RAID, as well as support for VIA Vinyl Audio, and Gigabit Ethernet through the VIA Velocity controller.
The VIA K8M800 is part of VIA's unique Modular Architecture Platform (V-MAP), which minimizes design times and time-to-market for motherboard partners through a flexible, pin-compatible design approach for VIA core-logic solutions. Motherboard partners are able to cover multiple market segments with a single design, and also benefit from a single unified driver base.
The VIA K8M800 chipset is now available, and motherboards based on it can be expected in early Q1 2004.
More info about the VIA K8M800 chipset can be found here