VIA P4M900: Delivering DirectX 9 Capabilities and PCI Express
Connectivity for Intel® Processor Platform
VIA P4M900 and Vista
|The P4M900 chipset has been awarded the Windows Vista Basic logo. The testing involved in the certification process guarantees a reliable and trouble free installation and usage of the Ultimate, Enterprise, Business, Home Premium and Home Basic editions of Microsoft Windows Vista.
The VIA P4M900 chipset with its Integrated Graphics Processor (IGP)
and PCI Express connectivity enables leading OEMs and SIs to create a
flexible range of Microsoft® Windows Vista™ -ready solutions for the Intel®
processor platform including support for the latest Intel® Core™2 Duo
Featuring the VIA Chrome9™ HC IGP (Integrated Graphics Processor) core,
the VIA P4M900 delivers DirectX® 9 graphics support with hardware pixel
shaders to meet the requirements of the upcoming Windows® Vista™
operating system, and rising high definition video requirements. With
additional support for the latest PCI Express add-in graphics cards,
the VIA P4M900 provides SIs and OEMs an unparalleled level of
performance and flexibility to develop a wide range of next-generation
systems in multiple market segments capable of taking advantage of the
extended visual desktop experience Microsoft Windows Vista has to
The core of the VIA P4M900 North Bridge lies the VIA Chrome9™ HC
IGP, delivering a rich visual experience through the implementation of
innovative features such a 128 bit 2D/3D engine with dual pixel
pipeline. The P4M900 also features extensive display support for all
HDTV output formats including 1920x1080p when coupled with an HDTV encoder, and additional advanced
graphics capabilities include the Chromotion Video Display Engine,
comprehensive de-interlace support, and DuoView™ for enhanced
productivity and presentation capabilities. The P4M900's highly
flexible architecture also allows for an external PCI Express x16 port
for optional graphic card upgrades.
Enabling support for up to 1066MHz FSB Intel processor based systems
including support for DDR2 memory, the VIA P4M900 features the
high-bandwidth Ultra V-Link bus for a connection to VIA’s outstanding
range of South Bridge solutions including the VIA VT8237A with its
integrated VIA Vinyl™ Multichannel Audio Suite, delivering rich, High Definition
audio at resolutions as high as 32-bit/192kHz, while the VIA Advanced
Connectivity Suite offers a wide range of high-bandwidth connectivity
options, including support for up to eight high-speed USB 2.0 ports and
high-throughput 10/100 Mb/s Fast Ethernet.
The VIA VT8237A also features the VIA Vinyl™ Multichannel HD Audio
Suite for superlative integrated and onboard eight-channel surround
sound, and offers a host of high-bandwidth connectivity options,
including support for the VIA Velocity Gigabit Ethernet companion chip,
integrated 10/100Mbps Fast Ethernet and up to eight high-speed USB 2.0
The VIA P4M900 benefits from VIA's unique V-MAP (VIA Modular
Architecture Platform) architecture that facilitates faster product
development and speeds up time to market, and features the
high-throughput Ultra V-Link interconnect running at speeds of up to
1GB/s between the North and South Bridge.
of VIA P4M900
Integrated Graphics Technology
The VIA Chrome9 HC IGP delivers exceptional integrated graphics and
video playback performance for the latest 3D and digital media
applications, without the need and expense of an external AGP or PCI
Express graphics card.
Ultra V-Link Bus
Delivering data throughput speeds of up to 1GB/s from the VIA VT8251
South Bridge to the VIA P4M900 North Bridge, the Ultra V-Link interface
delivers the necessary bandwidth and low latency required by today's
increasingly demanding multimedia applications.
Native Serial ATA/RAID Support
The VIA DriveStation™ Controller Suite with native four channel Serial
ATA/RAID controller, provides direct support for four 150MB/s Serial
ATA II devices. The V-RAID controller features native RAID 0, RAID 1,
RAID 0+1, RAID 5 and JBOD, ensuring optimum data integrity and system
performance. The user friendly V-RAID software interface enables easy disk
array configuration and management.
VIA Vinyl Multichannel Audio Suite
Delivering rich, warm surround sound at resolutions as high as 24/96
through up to six- or eight- channel outputs, the VIA Vinyl HD Audio
surround sound and VIA Vinyl Gold HD Audio surround sound enables
crisp, clear performance, representing the highest levels of audio
quality in a mainstream integrated or onboard solution.
Unified VIA Hyperion Pro Drivers
VIA's unified approach to drivers has been established for eight
generations of chipsets, allowing end users to benefit from seamless
hardware and software compatibility.