Taipei, Taiwan, 18 November 2002 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator and developer of silicon chip technologies and PC platform solutions, today launched the P4PB Ultra Mainboard, VIA's premium-level Pentium® 4 processor mainboard solution aimed at tech savvy PC enthusiasts who demand the latest cutting-edge performance, connectivity features, and premium level accessories.
"The VIA P4PB Ultra builds on the success of the multi-award winning P4PB 400 mainboard by adding enhancements such as ATA/133 RAID and limited DDR400 support as well as VIA's value added premium accessory kit," commented Richard Brown, Director of Marketing at VIA Technologies, Inc.
The VIA P4PB Ultra is outfitted with VIA's top-of-the-line Apollo P4X400 chipset, enabling leading-edge performance features such as Hyper-Threading support for Intel's new Pentium® 4 processors running at 3.06GHz and up, as well as AGP 8X support for the latest generation of high bandwidth graphics cards. Full DDR333 and limited DDR400 memory support satisfies today's bandwidth-hungry applications such as 3D gaming, video editing, and ripping digital music.
ATA/133 RAID 0,1 capacity is added through the onboard Promise PDC20276 controller, significantly boosting system Hard Disk Drive performance and reliability. Select either RAID 0 striping mode to increase Hard Drive performance or RAID 1 mirroring mode for data back-up and increased system reliability.
Support for up to ten USB 2.0 ports is made possible through the combination of the onboard VIA VT6202 USB 2.0 controller and the VT8235 South Bridge with integrated USB 2.0 support. Connectivity is provided through two I/O back panel ports and onboard pin-headers accommodating up to eight additional ports. Network connectivity is provided through the combination of VIA's integrated 10/100Mbps Fast Ethernet MAC and onboard VT6103 PHY. An onboard C-Media CMI8738 audio codec provides six channels of studio quality, crisp, digital surround sound and supports both optical and S/PDIF outputs.
The P4PB Ultra's premium level accessory kit adds significant value and includes the following:
FliteDeck(tm) Firmware Suite
P4PB 400 mainboard users enjoy the added benefit of VPSD's FliteDeck(tm) bundle. FliteDeck is an extensive system management suite that empowers the user by enabling full system control through an easy to use Windows®-based management suite. FliteDeck enables advanced features such as overclocking, CPU fan speed and temperature monitoring and BIOS updates. FliteDeck comprises four utilities, MissionControl, JetStream, FlashPort, and SysProbe. For more information on the FliteDeck suite of software and firmware applications please visit: http://www.viavpsd.com/products/FliteDeck_spec.jsp
Smart Media Panel
· Smart Card, Memory Stick & Secure Digital Reader combination
· Combines all the latest Smart Media formats into one convenient panel
· Smart Cards offer the highest level of security for electronic payments and and identification.
· Memory Sticks and Secure digital Cards to exchange data across PCs and other digital devices.
· Fits conveniently into PC chassis floppy drive bay for easy front access
IDE / Floppy Mod Cable Set
· Sleek cool design dresses up any modded PC chassis
· Slim profile increases air flow for improved chassis cooling
USB 2.0 Bracket
· 4 high speed USB 2.0 ports
· USB 1.1 backwards compatibility
· 2 S/PDIF jacks for both optical fiber and coaxial audio connections
· Allows digital signal transfers between audio devices thus eliminating signal degradation.
VIA P4PB Ultra Pricing and Availability
The VIA P4PB Ultra is available now through VPSD global distribution partners. Pricing information is available on request. For further details please visit their website at http://www.viamainboard.com/product/P4PB_Ultra.jsp.