Via ships integrated DDR chip set for P4

Via Technologies on Thursday launched its ProSavageDDR P4M266 integrated chip set for use with Intel Corp.'s Pentium 4 processor.

The P4M266 integrates S3 Graphics Inc.'s ProSavage8 128-bit graphics core with Via's P4X266 chip set. The chip set, which uses a 400MHz front-side bus, offers support for up to 4G bytes of DDR SDRAM (Double Data Rate Synchronous DRAM); an Ultra ATA-133 interface; AGP 8X bandwidth, which offers data transfer of 2G bytes per second between the chip set and graphics adapter; and integrated networking support.

The integration of a graphics core means that PCs built using the P4M266 do not require an add-in graphics card, which helps to reduce the cost of a PC.

Via faces a barrage of lawsuits from Intel over its DDR chip sets for the Pentium 4. Via has not been granted a license for the 400MHz front-side bus used with the Pentium 4 and Intel has alleged that the P4X266 and P4M266 chip sets violate several of its microprocessor-related patents, a charge that Via officials have repeatedly denied.

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