VIA announces Intel DirectX 9.0 IGP chipset
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.