VIA announces Socket AM2 chipset support

— 10:07 AM on May 24, 2006

All the attention was on new ATI and NVIDIA chipsets during the launch of AMD's Socket AM2 processors yesterday, but VIA has also announced chipset support for the new platform. The following press release hit our inbox:

Taipei, Taiwan, 23 May 2006 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator and developer of silicon chip technologies and PC platform solutions, today announced top-to-bottom chipset solutions supporting the transition to socket AM2 by AMD (NYSE: AMD).

To accommodate the latest platform features and rising system bandwidth requirements, AMD’s transition to socket AM2 will enable a new wave of innovation on AMD64 based systems featuring AMD Virtualization and high-performance DDR2 memory. Supporting this transition, VIA offers a wide range of chipset solutions that are fully compatible with socket AM2 platforms, including the VIA K8M890, ideal for Windows Vista™-ready systems, and the VIA K8T900 performance chipset with dual X8 PCI Express support.

Of course, neither of those chipsets is really all that new. The K8M890 has been out for a while, and we already had a look at a K8T900 reference board back in November of last year. The K8T900 is still interesting, however, because it supports dual PCI Express graphics slots with eight lanes each. The chipset's VT8251 south bridge also enables High Definition Audio, as well as four Serial ATA ports with support for 300 MB/s transfer speeds, Native Command Queuing, and RAID 0, 1, 0+1, 5 and JBOD. Let's hope the K8T900 actually shows up in some motherboards this time; it appears to have been missing in action so far.
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