VIA discloses roadmap

PC Watch is reporting that VIA held a seminar at Computex. Apparently, a rejuvenated SiS is putting a lot of pressure on VIA, and VIA has had to respond with an aggressive roadmap. In any case, here are some chipsets you can look forward to in the not-so-distant future.
  • KT400: an Athlon XP / Duron chipset featuring DDR400, AGP 8X, and V-Link w/ USB 2.0 support.

  • P4X400: similar to the KT400 but supporting Pentium 4 / Celeron 1.7+ GHz processors at 533 / 400 MHz FSB speeds.

  • P4X600: a P4 chipset supporting dual channel DDR333 permitting 5.4 GB/s memory bandwidth (like Intel's Granite Bay). Samples are expected in July with an official release coming as early as September—sooner than Granite Bay.

  • P4X800: another P4 chipset supporting DDRII expected at the end of this year but most likely early next year.

  • K8HTA: the long-awaited AMD K8 / Opteron chipset featuring AGP 8X, 8X V-Link (533 MB/s), and the VT8235 south bridge.

  • VT8235: VIA's new south bridge which is said to be pin-upgradeable to support Serial ATA, PCI Express (3GIO), and 802.11b.
Unlike the KX133, VIA is aiming for the K8HTA to beat AMD's own Hammer chipset to the retail market. It's a bold plan, and it will be interesting to see how well VIA can execute it.
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