VIA developed V-Link technology to remove the PCI bus bottleneck
in inter-chip communication. In less advanced chipsets, the PCI bus
is responsible for connecting both the North and South Bridge, as
well as providing a bus for most add-in peripherals. VIA 8X V-Link
technology provides a dedicated 133MHz quad-pumped bus between the
North and South Bridge, freeing up the PCI bus to deal strictly with
peripheral devices and providing aggregate transfer of 533MB/s, four
times the bandwidth of the original PCI interconnect.
USB 2.0: Empowering Peripherals Like Never Before
VIA has long recognized the potential of USB as a universal interconnect
system, designing USB 1.1 support into our award-winning core logic
chipsets well in advance of the proliferation of USB-enabled PC peripherals.
Following the widespread adoption of USB 1.1, VIA now sees the drive
to new industry standard USB 2.0 as a natural evolution, meeting
the greater bandwidth demands of today's PC peripherals and applications,
from higher resolution video to fast storage unit access, while being
backwards compatible with existing peripherals.
As a member of the USB Implementers Forum, VIA is helping to facilitate
an industry-wide move towards adoption of the latest USB specifications,
by integrating full support for the high bandwidth technology into
upcoming core logic chipsets, and by expanding our product lineup
of Hi-Speed USB 2.0 discrete chips.
ATA-133 FastDrive™ is the fastest IDE standard currently available
on the market, and allows each IDE controller to burst up to 133MB/s.
This offers a significant performance improvement in data intensive
professional applications and in consumer applications including
gaming, audio and video. The faster interface will also save time
when booting up the system and opening new applications. In the VIA
VT8235 South Bridge, each controller also supports up to two devices,
for a total of four ATA-133 capable drives. In multiple configurations
including RAID, the performance benefits of the faster interface
are particularly apparent.
Integrated Surround Sound Support
Supporting the AC'97 version 2.2 standard, the VIA VT8235 when connected
to a compatible codec can support 6-channel audio for a complete
surround sound listening experience. In addition, the interface can
support S/PDIF digital outputs and optional features such as tone
and loudness control, and 3D stereo enhancement.