Via Chip Sets to Support DDR266 SDRAM Memory

STOCKHOLM (04/10/2000) - Via Technologies Inc. today announced that it will support the emerging DDR266 memory specification in forthcoming PC chip sets.

The first Via chip sets featuring support for 266-MHz DDR (double data rate) SDRAM (synchronous dynamic random access memory) are scheduled to ship in this year's second half, the Taiwan-based chip vendor said in a statement. The DDR266 specification will double the data rate of the current PC133 SDRAM standard backed by Via and others.

Via said that it will add DDR266 support into all of its future chip set products, ranging from devices aimed at desktop and notebook PCs to servers powered by its own Cyrix III as well as competing processors such as Intel Corp.'s Pentium III and Advanced Micro Devices Inc.'s Athlon.

The move is the latest sign that Via continues to bank on PC makers choosing the cheaper SDRAM technology for use in low-cost PCs, even as chip giant Intel has recently again been stepping up its support for Rambus Inc.'s high-speed memory interface technology.

"Currently, we have no plans to implement Rambus' technology in our chip sets," Chen Wen-chi, Via's president and chief executive officer, said in a recent interview with IDG News Service. "We believe DDR will be much more cost-efficient for the whole industry."

Via is "proactively participating" and cooperating with leading memory makers in the engineering development of the DDR266 memory chip and PC2100 module specifications to ensure that its chip set devices will be standards-compliant, the company said in today's statement.

Via Technologies, in Taipei, can be reached at +886-2-2218-5452, or via the Web at http://www.viatech.com/.

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