Via launches new chipset for AMD processors

Via Technologies will release a new chipset for Athlon XP processors from Advanced Micro Devices Inc. (AMD) Friday at the QuakeCon 2002 conference in Mesquite, Texas.

The Apollo KT400 is designed for Socket A motherboards and processors, such as AMD's Athlon and Duron chips. It supports DDR (double data rate) 200/266/333 SDRAM (synchronous dynamic RAM), and is targeted at users who require high performance, such as gamers or video editors. DDR333 memory delivers 2.7G bytes per second of memory bandwidth through Via's memory controller.

Gamers will appreciate the 2.1G bytes per second bandwidth from the chip's 8x AGP (accelerated graphics port). That level of bandwidth improves image quality and 3D graphics, Via said.

The south bridge of the chipset has support for six USB (universal serial bus) 2.0 ports, and ATA-133, which is a fast way to move data from the chipset to the hard drive.

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