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Via close to sampling PCI-Express Athlon 64 chipsets

Wed May 19 2004, 17:19
CHIPSET ROADMAPS seen by the INQUIRER show that the firm is close to sampling its K8T890 and its K8M890 chipsets, designed for the Athlon 64 and Opteron microprocessors.

The chipsets are PCI Express ready and the K8T890 will sample in June with mass production slated for Q3. The K8M890, which includes Deltachrome IGP with DX9 support will sample in the third quarter, with mass production in the fourth quarter of this year.

The K8T890 uses 1GHz Hypertransport, 2GT/second, and includes PCI-Express (16+4) and AGP 3.0, as well as the Ultra V Link. The Deltachromatic version has 16+2 PCI Express, and a l DVI/TV out interface.

On the Intel chipset front, Via is already sampling the PT890, which supports 400MHz, 533MHz and 800MHz system buses, has dual 64-bit channels, will support DDR-2 and and DDR-1, and PCI Express 16+2 and AGP 3.0.

Support for 1066MHz CPUs has not yet arrived on Via's roadmap plans. µ


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