As the whole world waits for Windows Vista to be on sale to regular mortals like you and me, it seems that the hardware guys are working overtime to make sure that their products are ready. One of the big things about Vista will be the 64bit operating system and it seems that VIA are more than ready.
The VIA K8M890 and the VIA P4M900 chipsets have passed the Microsoft® Windows Vista™ 32bit/64bit Basic logo tests, enabling customers get ready for Vista with confidence.
This certification means that customers will enjoy the assuredness of digitally signed drivers and the ability to update drivers distributed via Windows® update. The testing involved in the certification program also confirms trouble-free installation of Windows Vista, including Ultimate, Enterprise, Business, Home Premium and Home Basic editions.
In addition, the Microsoft Windows Vista Basic logo verifies that the VIA K8M890 and VIA P4M900 chipsets support functions that take advantage of some of the latest Windows installations, guaranteeing a secure, reliable and stable experience with the new operating system.
The VIA K8M890 and VIA P4M900 North Bridges both feature the VIA Chrome9™ IGP (Integrated Graphics Processor) core which provides DirectX® 9.0 graphics support with hardware pixel shaders, supported by a WDDM driver for Microsoft Windows Vista. Both chipsets also offer support for the latest PCI Express add-in graphics cards, giving SIs and OEMs unparalleled flexibility to provide systems for a wide range of market segments.
“VIA is very pleased to have both an AMD IGP chipset and an Intel IGP chipset achieve this certification,” commented Chewei Lin, Vice President of Product Marketing, VIA Technologies, Inc. “This gives our customers confidence in building Vista ready systems for either platform.”
The VIA P4M900 chipset supports up to 1066MHz FSB Intel® processors including the latest Intel Core™2 Extreme processors, as well as support for up to 667MHz DDR2 memory. The VIA K8M890 chipset supports the full range of AMD Athlon64™ and AMD Sempron™ processors, including those supporting the latest AM2 socket.
Both chipsets feature the Ultra V-Link bus for connecting to VIA’s feature rich range of South Bridge chips including the VT8251 which supports high fidelity VIA Vinyl HD audio codecs featuring up to 24-bit/192KHz audio resolutions and up to eight audio channels.
Find out more about the Chipsets and their prices here...