Tuesday, April 1st 2008

VIA Intros the New 3.5W VX800 Series of Digital Media IGP Chipsets

VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today launched the new VIA VX800 Series of digital media IGP chipsets featuring the latest video, graphics and connectivity performance in a single chip measuring just 33 x 33mm. The VIA VX800 Series comprises two primary digital media IGP chipsets, the VIA VX800 for ultra thin and light notebooks, mini PCs and embedded devices, and the ultra low voltage VIA VX800U for the fast-expanding ultra mobile market, including the rapidly-emerging mini-note, UMPC and UMD markets.

Strategic to the continued success of the VIA Ultra Mobile Platform based on the VIA C7-M ULV processor, the VIA VX800U looks set to further boost VIA's leadership in ultra mobile platforms, packing a host of features into an even more power efficient package with a maximum power draw of only 3.5 watts.

Bringing high quality graphics, video and memory performance to ultra compact x86 systems, the VIA VX800U series delivers full Microsoft DirectX 9 3D graphics, high definition video and audio playback, and support for up to 4GB of DDR2 system memory.

Fully Microsoft Windows Vista compliant, the VIA VX800 Series supports both current VIA C7, VIA C7-M and VIA Eden processors and also upcoming processors based on the VIA Isaiah Architecture, ensuring vendors can offer a wider range of performance and price points utilizing the same platform infrastructure.

"The explosive growth of the Mini-Note category and the emerging Ultra Mobile Device category has clearly demonstrated the increased importance on low power, high performance, and small footprint," and said Richard Brown, Vice President of Corporate Marketing, VIA Technologies, Inc. "The VIA VX800 Series goes a long way towards maintaining VIA's leadership in the ultra mobile and other key market segments, and allows our customers to bring products with enhanced features and performance to market faster."

About the VIA VX800 Series Digital Media IGP Chipsets
The VIA VX800 Series integrates all the cutting-edge features of a modern chipset's North and South bridges into a single chip package measuring just 33mm x 33mm, generating a silicon real estate saving of over 42% over traditional twin-chip core logic implementations.

The series comprises two skus; the VIA VX800 is targeted at mini green PCs, full featured and thin 'n' light notebooks, and high performance embedded systems, with a maximum power consumption (TDP max) of 5 watts, while the ultra low voltage VX800U has been designed for the exciting ultra mobile device market, and boasts a maximum power draw of a miserly 3.5 watts. By strictly adhering to VIA's stringent power efficiency design parameters, complete processor platform power draw can be limited to as low as 7.5 watts.

Key features of the VIA VX800 Series
  • High Performance 3D Graphics: The VIA Chrome9 HC3 integrated graphics core boasts full DirectX 9.0 support
  • Powerful Image Enhancement Technology: The VIA Chromotion video engine delivers a Hi-Def visual experience, including advanced video acceleration for MPEG-2, MPEG-4, WMV9, VC1 and DiVX video formats, plus a VMR capable HD video processor.
  • The Warmth of HD Audio: The built-in VIA Vinyl HD Audio controller supports up to eight high definition channels with a 192kHz sampling rate, delivering a richer all-round digital media experience.
  • Intuitive Memory Technology: VIA's renowned memory controller technology supports the lower power, high-bandwidth DDR2 memory modules.
  • Seamless Networking: Makes Wifi connectivity easy, with added support for Gigabit Ethernet networking (VIA VX800) and 10/100 Fast Ethernet.
  • Extended Peripheral Connectivity: Interconnects up to PCI Express (VIA VX800) for high bandwidth peripherals, plus hard drive connectivity up to SATA II as well as PATA (IDE), six USB2.0 ports, and four PCI slots.
  • Display Flexibiity: An integrated multi-configuration LVDS transmitter enables display connection to embedded panels, as well as CRT monitors.
Special features for the consumer electronics and embedded markets include support for the low power device interfaces of SDIO, UART and SPI, as well as for the popular memory card interfaces of SD, MMC and MS.

Product Availability
The VIA VX800 Series chipsets will start shipping in April 2008; for more information and full specifications, please visit the VIA website at: http://www.via.com.tw/en/products/chipsets/v-series/vx800/ Source: VIA
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Key Specifications of the VIA VX800

Supported Processors
  • VIA C7®-M processor, VIA Isaiah Architecture-based products
  • 800/400MHz FSB
Memory Controller
  • Supports up to two 64-bit DDR2 667 DIMMs (4 GB max)
High Definition Audio Interface
  • Up to 32-bit sample depth at 192 kHz sampling rate
  • Supports three codecs and eight streams
Integrated 2D / 3D / Video Processor
  • 250MHz engine clock
  • VIA Chrome9 HC3 DX9 3D engine
  • 128-bit 2D engine with hardware rotation capability
  • High Definition video processor with VMR capability
  • Up to 256 MB frame buffer
  • Unified Video Decoding Processor
  • MPEG-2, MPEG-4, VC1 and DiVX video decoding acceleration
Display Interface
  • Three 10-bit 350 MHz RAMDACs
  • One Dual-channel or two Single-channels LVDS
  • 18-bit TTL LCD interface
  • Supports DuoView+TM
  • Multiplexed with UART and IR ports
Storage Interface
  • Supports SATA 2.0 interface
  • Support UDMA IDE
  • Support SD/MMC/MS memory card interface
Peripheral Interface
  • Supports PCI-Express one 4-lane and two 1-lane ports
  • Supports six USB 2.0 ports
  • Supports PCI and LPC buses
  • Supports SDIO and SPI
  • Supports FIR
  • Supports two UART ports
  • Power Management
It will make a great office/internet machine. Even OK as a media server or NAS. Low power... excellent power per watt... and also SUFFICIENT power to actually work. (Unlike the earlier EPIA models that were just too slow). You know, you can even buy a machine like this, add asterisk, and you'd have a really powerful phone PBX, that would cost $1000s to achieve similar performance using proprietary hardware.

Personally, I'd prefer a "server" made with one of these things. I currently have a couple of Linkstations as NAS servers... but they are ONE PURPOSE only... filestorage. With such a device you can easily make the machine a NAS, email server, webserver, media server ... and all very cheap... for a price not more than a Linkstation.

We often talk about using an "old" PC for a server... but old PCs are big, noisey (relative to a new silent VIA device) and use much more power such that you dont REALLY want to leave them "always on". But with this new chipset... I think you'd be happy to set it up and leave it on. Nice.
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will it run Crysis on high? :D
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where the hell are my stars
i have to admit thats a really low watt setup...i want to see lego use one of these plus a good cpu to do one of there mindstorm things :roll:

one question why didn't they do a DX10 graphics chip?
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Bird of Prey
PRobably because the segment they are targeting doesnt need dx10
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where the hell are my stars
WarEagleAU said:
PRobably because the segment they are targeting doesnt need dx10
i figure that much i just thought it would be nice to add DX10 to the low watt segment
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wow...ive been thinking of doing a little jukebox...with via audio and the lowpower req of these things i think ill use something like this
@ cdawall.. I reckon everything that utilizes dx10 for a while will need a powerrig to run properly, support for dx10 would have been a bit of a piontless bonus (like a 8400gs...like wow dx10...now what?
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a111087 said:
will it run Crysis on high? :D
Will your 8800 GT play it at all high settings? Besides, the processor for this IGP chipset falls out of the MSR for Crysis.
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