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VIA Launches K8M890 IGP PCI Express Chipset with DirectX® 9 Support

Enhanced graphics and video capabilities provide system integrators and OEMs with a rich, flexible platform for building robust AMD Athlon™ 64 and AMD Sempron™ processor based PC systems

Taipei, Taiwan, 21 October 2005 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator and developer of silicon chip technologies and PC platform solutions, today announced the VIA K8M890 core logic chipset featuring the new S3 Graphics DeltaChrome® Integrated Graphics Processor core designed to meet the requirements of the upcoming Microsoft® Windows® Vista™ operating system and rising high definition video standards.

Enabling support for DirectX 9.0 and Pixel Shader 2.0 for high quality video processing, the VIA K8M890 also boasts the Chromotion Video Display Engine for enhanced visual output, extensive display support including all HDTV output formats up to 1920x1080p, advanced 2D/3D graphics capabilities, comprehensive de-interlace support and DuoView™ for enhanced productivity and presentation capabilities. Support for the latest PCI Express x16 discrete graphics cards allows for powerful system upgrades and makes the VIA K8M890 chipset a highly flexible, all-round platform for system builders looking to cover multiple market segments with a single motherboard design.

Featuring the high bandwidth Ultra V-Link bus, the VIA K8M890 combines with the latest VIA South Bridges, including the recently introduced VIA VT8251, to create a full specification platform with high end digital media capabilities including VIA Vinyl HD Audio for richer sound reproduction, additional PCI Express connections for the new generation of high speed peripherals, and sophisticated storage capabilities.

"The VIA K8M890 builds on VIA's strong position as the leading supplier of IGP chipsets for the AMD64 platform, and reinforces our commitment to OEMs and system integrators to develop powerful yet versatile platforms," commented Chewei Lin, Vice President of Product Marketing, VIA Technologies, Inc. "With the new S3 Graphics DeltaChrome IGP core, we have designed in graphics and video headroom to ensure AMD64 platforms are equipped to support future graphics and high definition multimedia requirements."

"The IGP chipset market has been growing at a fantastic rate for the past five years, representing 52% of the total PC market in 2004 and is expected to grow to 69%," commented Jon Peddie of Jon Peddie Research. "A significant reason for this is that fully featured IGP chipsets, such as the VIA K8M890, enable manufacturers to have a platform on which they can develop a wide range of offerings, from entry level systems, to higher end desktops that will potentially use discrete graphics cards."

The VIA K8M890 chipset is available now and boards featuring the chipset will be available from all the world's leading motherboard manufacturers in Q4 of this year. To learn more about the VIA K8M890 chipset please visit the VIA website at: http://www.via.com.tw/en/products/chipsets/k8-series/k8m890/

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


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