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VIA unveils Vista-ready digital media IGP chipset

Posted: 02 Mar 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:processor? IGP? Vista? VIA? Microsoft?

VIA Technologies Inc.'s CN896 digital media integrated graphics processor (IGP) chipset is certified Vista-ready by Microsoft, providing OEMs with a flexible platform for power-efficient embedded and desktop systems.

At the heart of the VIA CN896 chipset is the VIA Chrome9 HC IGP, featuring a DirectX 9.0 3D accelerator for high performance and a 2D accelerator for productivity applications. A Chromotion video display engine provides advanced hardware-based video processing and rendering such as MPEG-2 decoding acceleration and picture enhancement through adaptive de-interlacing and video deblocking technologies.

Designed for Vista
The VIA CN896 digital media IGP chipset supports the VIA V4 front-side bus up to 800MHz. It also supports all VIA C7, VIA C7-D and VIA Eden (V4) processors, which are recognized by Microsoft as designed for Windows Vista.

The VIA CN896 features a dedicated CRT interface. It can also support additional video ports such as DVI transmitter, LVDS transmitter, SDTV and HDTV TV encoder, providing customers with the ability to tailor VIA CN896 systems for use with flat-panel displays, a wide variety of LCD panels, TFT color panels, DVI monitors and TV displays.

Separate display engines enable two outputs to display at the same time, with different information and at different resolutions, pixel depths and refresh rates. As a result, customers designing thin clients, industrial PCs, POS machines, digital signage and other embedded products are given more display options.

Memory options
The VIA CN896 digital media IGP chipset includes two high-bandwidth PCIe ports, including one 16-lane PCIe and one single-lane port. Flexible memory options include support for DDR2 667/533 or DDR 400/333 up to 4Gbyte. The V-Link interface connects either the VT8237S or VT8251 South Bridge. Both South Bridges support 4 PATA devices, as well as two SATA II devices (VT8237S) or four SATA II devices (VT8251).

- Ismini Scouras

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