VIA finally provides PCIe support for C7 chips
While VIA has been making chipsets with PCI Express support for Intel and AMD processors for a couple years now, the company's chipsets for its own CPUs have thus far stuck with AGP and PCI. Today, VIA announced that it is bringing PCIe support to its C7-series processors with a new chipset dubbed CN800. The new chipset supports x16 and x1 PCIe slots, up to 4GB of DDR2-533 or DDR400 RAM, two Serial ATA ports with RAID, and two ATA channels. Furthermore, it includes VIA UniChrome Pro integrated graphics with DVI output capability. The CN800 can be paired with VIA's C7 and C7-D processors, and it will likely find its way into some of VIA's embedded Mini-ITX mainboards in the future. VIA says the CN800 will be available in volume quantities later this month.