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VIA Launches 'VIARAMA' Approval Program for Intel Pentium 4 Processor Mainboards Based on VIA Apollo Chipsets

VIA Launches 'VIARAMA' Approval Program for Intel® Pentium® 4 Processor Mainboards Based on VIA Apollo Chipsets news post from TweakTown's online news computing and technology content pages

By Asher Moses | Jan 14, 2002 04:53 am CST

Taipei, Taiwan, 14 January 2002 - VIA Technologies, Inc., a leading innovator and developer of core logic chipsets, microprocessors, and multimedia and communications chips, today announced the VIARAMA mainboard approval program for mainboards based on the VIA Apollo P4X266 and P4X266A chipsets, and the VIA ProSavageDDR P4M266 chipset. The VIARAMA program brings to market a range of mainboards from some of the leading mainboard manufacturers, and ensures high levels of quality and performance.

All VIARAMA mainboards support the latest Intel® Pentium® 4 processors and feature the advanced architecture of the latest core logic chipsets from VIA, such as the highly acclaimed VIA Apollo P4X266 chipset, and its successor the VIA Apollo P4X266A chipset. Both chipsets harness high-performance DDR266 SDRAM, providing the most balanced and cost effective platform for Intel® Pentium® 4 processor based PC systems, workstations and servers. The VIA ProSavageDDR P4M266 is the world's first chipset with integrated graphics for the Pentium® 4 platform, and also supports DDR266 SDRAM.

The integrity of VIARAMA mainboards is guaranteed by the stringent standards and test procedures of the VIARAMA program, which demands high levels of performance and reliability. All VIARAMA mainboards approved by VIA carry official stickers of authenticity, located on the retail box and on the PCB of the mainboard itself.

Two of the first VIARAMA mainboards to market include the 478-pin P147 and 423-pin P047. Both boards are based around the VIA Apollo P4X266 chipset and provide support for up to 3GB of DDR266 SDRAM, five PCI slots, an AGP 4X slot and onboard AC'97 audio, in an ATX form factor. The P047 and P147 are both available in retail stores now.

"The VIARAMA program will further increase the availability of VIA Apollo chipset solutions for the Pentium® 4 processor, while the stringent approval standards will ensure the quality of those solutions. At a time when consumers are screaming out for better value for money solutions on the Pentium 4 platform, without compromising on performance, this can only be seen as a good thing." commented Richard Brown, Director of International Marketing of VIA Technologies, Inc.

Further details of the VIARAMA program and mainboards currently available can be found at the VIARAMA website:

About VIA Technologies, Inc.

VIA Technologies, Inc. is a leading innovator and developer of PC core logic chipsets, microprocessors, and multimedia and communications chips. VIA delivers value to the PC industry by designing, marketing, and selling high-performance VIA Apollo core logic chipsets for the full range of PC platforms, and cost-effective VIA C3™ processors for Value PCs and Internet Appliances, as well as developing complete solutions for the PC platform through its VPSD Business Unit. Its customers include the world's top OEMs, mainboard manufacturers, and system integrators. VIA is headquartered in Taipei, Taiwan, at the center of the Greater China high-tech manufacturing engine, and has branch offices in the US, China and Europe. The company is listed on the Taiwan Stock Exchange (TSE2388), and achieved annual revenues of nearly US$1 billion in 2000. Additional information can be found at