described three models in the new K8 chipset series at the Computex trade show here: the K8T800 for high-end desktop computers, the K8M800 for midrange desktops and the K8N800 for mobile computers. The latter two chipsets integrate a graphics engine.
AMD, a bold attempt to use 64-bit extensions to lead the market away from Intel's 32-bit Pentium design. Chipsets, which join computers' main processors to subsystems such as memory and storage, are crucial components needed to make a processor useful.
Via isn't alone in trying to capitalize on AMD's new chip. Silicon Integrated Systems (SiS), like Via, which is based in Taiwan,on Monday, while Santa Clara, Calif.-based .
Also like Nvidia and SiS, Via is integrating graphics processing features with the chipset. The company's UniChrome 2 graphics will be available on the K8M800 and K8N800 chipsets, Via said. All the K8 chipsets include support for Serial ATA storage systems, audio, Ethernet running at 1 gigabit per second, and Universal Serial Bus 2.0, as well as RAID (redundant array of inexpensive disks) technology to group drives for data protection or higher performance.
The higher-end K8T800 enables dual-processor configurations for workstations and lower-end servers, Via said.
Major motherboard makers are using Via's K8T800 chipset, including ABIT, Albatron, ASUS, Chaintech, FIC, Giga-Byte Technologies and Micro-Star International, Via said. Computer makers using the chipset include ABS Computer Technologies, Elite PC, Microtel, Monarch Computer Systems and Polywell Computers.