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    VIA Announce Launch of the VIA Apollo KT400A Chipset, a 7th Generation Performance Platform for the AMD Athlon™ XP Processor

    The VIA Apollo KT400A with FastStream64™ single channel DDR memory technology offers equivalent or superior performance to dual channel solutions, in the most demanding applications

    Taipei, Taiwan, 10 March 2003 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator and developer of silicon chip technologies and PC platform solutions, today announced the launch of the VIA Apollo KT400A Chipset, the fastest single channel DDR chipset for the new AMD Athlon™ XP processor 3000+. Optimized for the needs of gamers, enthusiasts and professionals requiring the fastest system performance and a complete suite of the latest I/O and connectivity features, the VIA Apollo KT400A is the ultimate chipset solution for AMD Athlon™ XP processor based systems.

    At the heart of the VIA Apollo KT400A is FastStream64™ Memory Controller technology which uses an expanded array of prefetch buffers to reduce latency in the memory controller, extending performance without the extra cost of the twin memory modules that are required by dual channel DDR chipsets. The VIA Apollo KT400A is over 10% faster than the previous generation VIA Apollo KT400 in 3D applications, and boasts an enhanced feature set including native Serial ATA support and onboard VIA Vinyl™ Audio six-channel surround sound.

    “VIA has successfully delivered seven generations of award winning chipset solutions to the Socket A marketplace, culminating in the VIA Apollo KT400A,” commented Chewei Lin, Vice-President of Product Marketing. “With FastStream64 memory controller technology, AGP 8X and integrated VIA six–channel audio support, the KT400A outperforms rival chipsets and gives enthusiasts, gamers and professionals their Socket A platform of choice for 2003.”

    “VIA chipsets offer AMD customers compatible memory modules and enhanced features such as 8XAGP-enhanced graphics and bandwidth throughput of USB 2.0,” said Tim Wright, director of desktop marketing, AMD Computation Products Group. “Continued innovation such as support for DDR-400 memory by VIA helps ensure AMD Athlon XP processor-based systems can continue to deliver outstanding performance for end users.”

    VIA Apollo KT400A
    Supporting DDR200/266/333/400 SDRAM memory and a full range of 200/266/333MHz Processor Bus AMD Athlon™ XP and AMD Duron™ processors, the VIA Apollo KT400A provides lightning fast access to system memory and delivers exceptional performance across the application spectrum. The KT400A is also part of the VIA Modular Architecture Platform initiative (V-MAP), meaning both North and South Bridge are pin compatible with the previous generation KT400 Chipset, ensuring a much faster time to market and a broad range of reliable motherboards for OEMs, SIs and end users.

    DDR400 offers 3.2GB/s of memory bandwidth through VIA's low latency, FastStream64 memory controller while AGP 8X delivers 2.1GB/s of bandwidth to the graphics engine, improving image quality and 3D performance in the highest resolution conditions. The KT400A North Bridge is connected to a VT8237 or VT8235CE South Bridge through the fast 8X V-link connection at 533MB/s.

    With native support for two Serial ATA channels in the VIA VT8237 South Bridge supplying 150MB/s of bandwidth, as well as up to eight USB 2.0 ports, the VT8237 offers the highest possible peripheral performance for professional and home users. The VT8237 also integrates VIA Vinyl Audio technology with six-channel surround sound and Sensaura™ drivers for more vibrant surround gaming and an enhanced end user experience when watching DVD movies. To extend flexibility to the system integrator, the VT8237 features support for Parallel ATA-133 devices to allowing for mainstream or value configurations leveraging the existing technology standard. Additional features include a VIA MAC for 10/100Mbps Fast Ethernet, integrated PCI support, and an MC’97 modem.

    About VIA Technologies, Inc.
    VIA Technologies, Inc. is a leading innovator and developer of PC core logic chipsets, microprocessors, and multimedia, communications, optical media and networking chips. VIA delivers value to the PC industry by designing, marketing, and selling high-performance VIA Apollo core logic chipsets for the full range of PC platforms, and cost-effective VIA C3™ processors for Value PCs and Internet Appliances, as well as developing complete solutions for the PC platform through its VPSD Business Unit. Its customers include the world's top OEMs, mainboard manufacturers, and system integrators. VIA is headquartered in Taipei, Taiwan, at the center of the Greater China high-tech manufacturing engine, and has branch offices in the US, China and Europe. The company is listed on the Taiwan Stock Exchange (TSE2388), and achieved annual revenues of nearly US$1 billion in 2001. Additional information can be found at
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  • #2
    Grrrrrr @ Lack of Dual Channel DDR Support.

    I think it would have been a good idea to add it but i'm not making the chipset. :2cents:


    • #3
      Single Channel is good for now. The 333FSB kind of limits the bandwith, so the Duel (on the nForce2 for example) can't really even hit any potential until that Crappy 333 FSB is upped to compete with Intel. Also, who wants to have to buy 2 DDR sticks when you can get a board that's optimised to run one? Oh well, if we're patient, when the Hammer comes out i'd put money on VIA sticking duel 128's in there. VIA will remind everyone why they're #1 again, anyway, what the heck is anyone going to do with 8 usb 2.0 controllers? holy crap. plus the kt400 transfer 2 times as fast between north and south; and 6 PCI? too much to ever use. It will hold me over...for now. Or maybe i'll with untill the hammer comes out


      • #4
        Early tests show that the KT400A is still a way behind the nForce2 in performance.


        • #5
          And that's why I finally switched to Intel Granite Bay. Dual Channel DDR, even at 266Mhz kicks ass. Sadly VIA are just not as fast and as stable as Intel.

          It used to be VIA motherboards were faster but more they're just finicky.:barf:
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