Via readies integrated P4 graphics chip sets

Via Technologies plans to launch an integrated graphics chipset, designed for Intel's Pentium 4 processor, in November, a Via official said Wednesday.

The P4M266 integrates S3 Graphics Inc.'s Savage 4 graphics core with Via's upcoming P4X266 chipset, which is compatible with DDR SDRAM (Double Data Rate Synchronous Dynamic Random Access Memory), said Ted Lee, Via's vice president of sales and marketing, speaking at the Cebit Asia Forum.

The P4M266 chipset will be launched in November, Lee said.

A follow-on integrated graphics chipset based on a new graphics core, code-named Zoetrope, is scheduled to ship before the middle of next year and will offer substantially better graphics performance, Lee said. The Zoetrope core, which is expected to pass the validation process during this quarter, will offer graphics performance that is up to three times better than the P4M266, he said.

The P4M266 is an interim step leading to the launch of the Zoetrope-based chip set next year, Lee said, explaining that the P4M266 has given Via experience in integrating a graphics core with the P4X266.

The launch of the P4M266 and its Zoetrope-based successor comes as a challenge to graphics chip vendor Nvidia Inc., which unveiled its own nForce integrated graphics chip set for Advanced Micro Devices Inc.'s Athlon and Duron processors in June. The nForce is based on AMD's HyperTransport bus and incorporates the GeForce2 graphics core.

The P4X266 is expected to start shipping soon, although Lee would not be drawn on a specific date for the launch, saying only that the chipset was in the hands of major customers and would begin shipping before the Via Technology Forum gets underway in Taipei in September.

The Cebit Asia Forum is being held concurrently with the Cebit Asia exhibition, which runs through Saturday, August 11.

Join the newsletter!


Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Sumner Lemon

Show Comments

Father’s Day Gift Guide

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles


PCW Evaluation Team

Luke Hill


I need power and lots of it. As a Front End Web developer anything less just won’t cut it which is why the MSI GT75 is an outstanding laptop for me. It’s a sleek and futuristic looking, high quality, beast that has a touch of sci-fi flare about it.

Emily Tyson

MSI GE63 Raider

If you’re looking to invest in your next work horse laptop for work or home use, you can’t go wrong with the MSI GE63.

Laura Johnston

MSI GS65 Stealth Thin

If you can afford the price tag, it is well worth the money. It out performs any other laptop I have tried for gaming, and the transportable design and incredible display also make it ideal for work.

Andrew Teoh

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

Touch screen visibility and operation was great and easy to navigate. Each menu and sub-menu was in an understandable order and category

Louise Coady

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

The printer was convenient, produced clear and vibrant images and was very easy to use

Edwina Hargreaves

WD My Cloud Home

I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?