VIA announces Intel DirectX 9.0 IGP chipset


— 5:01 PM on May 30, 2006

VIA has announced a new chipset with integrated DirectX 9.0 graphics for Intel CPUs. Dubbed P4M900, the chipset features support for Intel desktop and mobile processors, including the Core Duo, with front-side bus speeds up to 1066 MHz and DDR2 memory support up to 667 MHz. Inside the P4M900 is a VIA Chrome9 HC integrated graphics processor, which sports DirectX 9.0 with Pixel Shader 2.0 support, two pixel pipelines, and a 250 MHz core clock speed. VIA says the Chrome9 enables 1080p HDTV output along with "advanced graphics capabilities" such as "comprehensive" de-interlacing support. The P4M900 is coupled with VIA's latest VT8521 south bridge, which contributes support for 300 MB/s Serial ATA transfer speeds, Native Command Queuing, RAID 5, and High Definition Audio.

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