VIA Announces K8T890, World's First PCI Express Chipset for the AMD
VIA K8T890 Series chipsets open up the AMD64 processor platform to PCI
Express, providing the bandwidth needed for today's most demanding applications
and the headroom needed for future growth
Taipei, Taiwan, 24 September 2004, - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading
innovator and developer of silicon chip technologies and PC platform solutions,
today announced the VIA K8T890 chipset, enabling advanced PCI Express
connectivity on motherboards for the latest AMD Athlon(TM) 64, AMD Opteron(TM),
and AMD Sempron(TM) processors.
The VIA K8T890 chipset is designed to fully accommodate the increased
multimedia demands being placed on the PC through applications such as high
definition video creation, multistreaming audio and the latest 3D game engines that require ever-increasing levels of system
the unique VIA Flex Express Architecture, the VIA K8T890
chipset provides support for the latest high performance PCI Express x16
graphics cards, benefiting from a blistering 4GB/s of bandwidth, both upstream
The K8T890 chipset also supports up to four PCI Express x1 connections, each offering 250MB/s bandwidth per
direction to a wide range of high
bandwidth peripheral devices - approximately double the
maximum theoretical bandwidth provided by existing PCI 2.2 peripheral
connections. Among the peripheral devices most likely to benefit from the
increased bandwidth will be Gigabit Ethernet connections and bandwidth hungry
HDTV tuner cards, which will be able to perform to their full potential without
the constraints of limited bus bandwidth.
"With the arrival of the VIA K8T890 Series chipsets, VIA continues its strong leadership on the AMD platform, delivering the
and stability that our customers have come to expect,"
commented Wenchi Chen, CEO VIA Technologies Inc. "By enabling PCI Express we
believe that all the pieces are in place on the AMD64 processor platform,
meaning all users can now upgrade to a 64-bit AMD processor, safe in the
knowledge they have a future proof platform."
"As one of our premier partners, we are very pleased to see VIA bring PCI
Express support to the AMD64 platform," commented Marty Seyer, corporate vice
president and general manager of AMD's Microprocessor Business Unit. "Combining
the phenomenal bandwidth of PCI Express connectivity with HyperTransport(TM)
technology as well as the latest high-performance graphics cards and peripheral
devices, customers can continue to unleash the full performance potential of
About VIA Flex Express Architecture
The VIA Flex Express Architecture has been designed to allow flexible
implementations of VIA core-logic chipsets supporting PCI
device configurations can be implemented, with support for
up to five PCI Express devices directly into the chipset North Bridge and a
total of 20 PCI
Express lanes for a combined bandwidth
With today's PC users increasingly using multiple HDDs, optical drives and
USB/1394 devices, heavier data loads are being placed on the chipset's South
Bridge, the ability to avoid bottlenecks between the chipset's North and South Bridge is crucial to maintaining a consistent level
performance. The VIA Flex Express architecture meets this
challenge by providing PCI Express x1 connections directly routed through the
chipset's North Bridge, thereby avoiding potential data bottlenecks in the
chipset's North to South Bridge link and reducing latency.
About the VIA K8T890 Chipset
Designed to support a complete range of AMD Athlon 64, AMD Athlon 64 FX and
AMD Opteron as well as 754- and 939-pin versions of AMD Sempron processors, the
VIA K8T890 delivers high performance, comprehensive features, and rock solid
stability. The K8T890 chipset includes support for the latest PCI Express x16
graphics cards, and four PCI Express x1 connections to high speed PCI Express
The VIA K8T890 chipset also features asynchronous bus architecture, providing improved system optimization options to enable
power users to
squeeze the very most out of their systems.
With a high bandwidth Ultra V-link bus, the K8T890 allows communication
between the North and South bridges at a blazing 1GB/s,
likelihood in any I/O bandwidth bottlenecks. When combined
with the market-leading VIA VT8237 South Bridge and a broad array of VIA
companion chips, the VIA K8T890 chipset provides the most comprehensive range of
storage, multimedia and connectivity features available for the AMD64 processor
platform today, including native Serial ATA and V-RAID, 6-channel or 8-channel
VIA Vinyl audio, USB2.0, and 1394.
The VIA K8T890 is part of VIA's acclaimed Modular Architecture Platform
(V-MAP), which minimizes design times and time-to-market for motherboard
partners through a flexible, pin-compatible design approach for VIA core-logic
solutions. Motherboard partners are able to cover multiple market segments with
fewer design resources, and also benefit from a single unified driver base.
For further information about the VIA K8T890 chipset please visit the VIA
website at: www.via.com.tw/en/products/chipsets/k8-series/k8t890
About VIA Technologies, Inc.
VIA Technologies, Inc. (TSE 2388) is the foremost fabless supplier of
market-leading core logic chipsets, low power x86 processors, advanced
connectivity, multimedia, networking and storage silicon, and complete platform
solutions that are driving system innovation in the PC and embedded markets.
Headquartered in Taipei, Taiwan, VIA's global network links the high tech
centers of the US, Europe and Asia, and its customer base includes the world's
top OEMs, motherboard vendors and system integrators.www.via.com.tw