VIA might have a big plan to come back in the chipset league. Now with ATI doing AMD chipsets only maybe there is a space for big comeback in Intel league.
Via prefers to stick around an ultra low voltage, mobile market and is doing a great job there. The chipset is a part of few cool devices including the hot Samsung Q1b. This Ultra Mobile PC features VIA’s 1GHz CPU.
When it comes to chipsets VIA’s currently shipping PT890 is far from impressive. It is cheap but supports single channel DDR 1 or DDR 2 533 memory only. It is interesting to say that Core 2 Duo, Extreme and Quad should work on this chipset.
The company plans to reveal a PT890 PRO chipset and add a few features to a board. The chip chipset includes support for DDR 400 and DDR 2 667 one PCIe 16X slot, one PCIe 1X device and an Ultra Vlink interconnection interface. The good news is that the chipset is pin compatible with PT890.
The shiny one is called PT960 and this one supports all 775 CPU’s including the hottest ones, FBS up to 1333. Unfortunately the board supports only single channel memory but this time it supports DDR 2 1066 and DDR 3 1333 memory.
The new chipset supports PCIe 2.0 interface one PCIe 16X device and a single PCIe 1X device. It supports Ultra Vlink.
The new chipset is suppose to sample in second quarter 2007 while the multiple production should be in Q4 2007, just in time for a massive DDR3 availability and ramping up. All chipsets are working well with Vista.