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    Hi guys,
    I was at VIA's website this morning looking for some driver updates or my system. I noticed on the front page they had an add for the KT600, whcih supports the 400 MHz FSB AThlon XP's. It also supports DDR400, which is pretty obvious, and it has something called "FastStream64":confused: :confused: whats that? It will also have S-ATA and something called "six-TRAC" audio built into the core logic. Any information Weta?;) ;)
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    As it appears here -> http://www.via.com.tw/en/apollo/kt600.jsp


    VIA Apollo KT600

    Combining support for the new generation of AMD Athlon™ XP processors with 400MHz FSB with its advanced FastStream64™ Memory Controller Technology, as well as VIA Vinyl™ Six-TRAC Audio, and the industry-first integrated Serial ATA/RAID controller on the VIA VT8237 South Bridge, the VIA Apollo KT600 provides the highest performance and most feature-rich platform for the complete spectrum of gaming, home productivity and entertainment, and business applications.

    The advanced FastStream64 DDR400 Memory Controller on the VIA Apollo KT600 interweaves with the 400MHz Front Side Bus to provide a perfectly balanced subsystem, greatly reducing data latency and enabling searing performance from the latest AMD Athlon™ XP processors. In addition, the KT600 supports the very latest I/O technologies including AGP8X, deriving maximum performance from the most powerful graphics processors. VIA Vinyl Six-TRAC Audio completes the multimedia entertainment experience, delivering rich, warm six-channel surround sound when listening to music, watching movies, or playing the latest games.

    The VIA Apollo KT600 North Bridge can be connected to a choice of VIA VT8237 and VT8235CE South Bridges through the fast 8X V-Link connection running at 533MB/s. Featuring the first ever integrated combined Serial ATA/RAID controller, the VT8237 is the most advanced South Bridge available on the market today. With its integrated dual channel native Serial ATA/RAID controller supplying 150MB/s of bandwidth per port and support for RAID 0, RAID 1, and RAID 0+1, the VT8237 delivers the highest disk data transfer rates for maximum system performance and provides the most advanced fault tolerant solution for optimum data integrity. The VT8237 also features support for up to four Parallel ATA-133 devices, extending flexibility to the system integrator by allowing for mainstream or value configurations leveraging the existing technology standard.

    Additional features on the VIA VT8237 South Bridge include support for up to eight USB 2.0 ports, a VIA MAC for enterprise-class 10/100Mbps networking, integrated PCI support, and an MC'97 modem. The VIA Apollo KT600 also benefits from the VIA Hyperion 4in1 Drivers, which deliver seamless compatibility with all the latest software and hardware.


    Key Features
    · Supports full range of AMD Athlon™ XP processors
    · 266/333/400MHz FSB settings
    · Supports up to 4.0GB DDR266/333/400 SDRAM
    · Support for AGP 4X/8X
    · 8X V-Link 533MB/s high bandwidth North/South Bridge interconnect
    · Integrated VIA Vinyl™ Six-TRAC six-channel AC'97 audio
    · Serial ATA support for up to 4 devices
    · RAID 0, RAID 1, and RAID 0+1 support, including Disk Striping and Disk Mirroring
    · VIA RAID Software Configuration Program (supports Windows® & Linux)
    · Parallel ATA 33/66/100/133 support for up to 4 devices
    · Support for up to 8 USB 2.0/USB 1.1 ports, UHCI compliant
    · Integrated MC'97 Modem
    · Integrated 10/100 Fast Ethernet MAC
    · Advanced power management capabilities including ACPI/OnNow
    · 664-pin BGA North Bridge
    · 539-pin BGA VT8237 South Bridge



    Benefits of VIA Apollo KT600

    FastStream64 Technology
    VIA FastStream64™ Technology uses an expanded array of prefetch buffers to reduce latency in the memory controller, extending performance at a lower transistor cost than dual channel implementations. With a 266/333/400MHz processor bus and supporting DDR266/333/400 memory, the VIA Apollo KT600 provides lightning fast access to system memory and can reach a peak bandwidth of 3.2GB/sec, enabling the full performance potential of the fastest AMD Athlon™ XP processors to be harnessed.


    Rich, Warm VIA Vinyl Six-TRAC Audio
    The six-channel surround sound supported in the VT8235 and VT8237 South Bridges, combined with the high quality VIA Vinyl Six-TRAC external codec with advanced Stylus driver support, enables a rich, vibrant sound that will enhance the user experience when listening to music, watching movies, or playing games.

    Native Serial ATA/RAID Support
    The VIA VT8237 is the latest in a series of market leading South Bridge chips from VIA integrating state of the art I/O innovation. With its native dual channel Serial ATA controller, the VT8237 provides direct support for two Serial ATA devices at a bandwidth of 150MB/s per port and its unique SATAlite™ interface expands support for two additional SATA devices through an optional external Serial ATA PHY. Featuring support for RAID 0, RAID 1, and RAID 0+1, the native VIA RAID controller optimizes system performance by ensuring the highest disk data transfer rates and provides the most advanced fault tolerant solution for optimum data integrity. It also comes with a user friendly software configuration program for easy disk array set up in all the latest Microsoft® Windows® and Linux environments, and supports both Serial ATA and Parallel ATA standards.

    Unified VIA Hyperion 4in1 Drivers
    VIA's unified approach to drivers has been established for eight generations of chipsets, allowing end users to benefit from seamless hardware and software compatibility.

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    From here -> http://www.via.com.tw/en/Digital%20L...3AMD400FSB.jsp

    News Release


    VIA Announces Chipset Support For AMD Athlon XP Processor 3200+ with Advanced 400 Front Side Bus

    Forthcoming VIA Apollo KT600 Chipset features ultra fast 400 Front Side Bus enabling gamers and enthusiasts to extract searing performance from AMD Athlon XP processor 3200+ platforms

    Taipei, Taiwan, 13 May 2003 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator and developer of silicon chip technologies and PC platform solutions, today announced that the forthcoming VIA Apollo KT600 and VIA UniChrome™ KM400A chipsets will support the new AMD Athlon™ XP 3200+ processors with 400 FSB.

    The advanced 400 Front Side Bus at 3.2GB/s will match the data transfer capacity of the VIA Apollo KT600 FastStream64™ Memory Controller using DDR400 (PC3200) memory. This balanced configuration can minimize memory latency and enable the full performance potential of the AMD Athlon XP processor 3200+ to be realized.

    "For the past decade, VIA has consistently supported the latest processor technologies from AMD and we are pleased to continue that proud tradition with the 400 Front Side Bus AMD Athlon XP processor 3200+ and the VIA Apollo KT600 Chipset," said Chewei Lin, Vice President of Product Marketing, VIA Technologies, Inc. "Paired with the new VIA VT8237 South Bridge featuring the world's first integrated SATA/RAID controller, the KT600 is set to rule the performance oriented market for AMD Athlon XP processor 3200+ based systems in the second half of 2003."

    "VIA's complementary chipset offerings can offer our shared customers increased performance to realize the full potential of the AMD Athlon XP processor 3200+ with 400 FSB," said Tim Wright, director of desktop marketing, AMD's Microprocessor Business Unit. "By focusing on innovations that truly benefit PC users, AMD's newest desktop PC processor enables the highest level of performance possible on content creation, office productivity and gaming applications."

    About the VIA Apollo KT600
    Supporting DDR266/333/400 SDRAM memory and a full range of 266/333/400MHz Processor Bus AMD Athlon™ XP processors, the VIA Apollo KT600 provides lightning fast access to system memory and delivers exceptional performance across the application spectrum. DDR400 offers 3.2GB/s of memory bandwidth through VIA's low latency, FastStream64 memory controller, while AGP 8X delivers 2.1GB/s of bandwidth to the graphics engine, improving image quality and 3D performance in the highest resolution conditions.

    The VIA Apollo KT600 North Bridge is connected to the new VIA VT8237 South Bridge through a fast 8X V-Link 533MB/s connection. With support for Serial ATA in the VT8237, supplying 150MB/s of bandwidth to your hard drive, as well as support for up to eight USB 2.0 ports, the VT8237 offers the highest possible peripheral performance for professional and home users. In SATA mode, the VIA VT8237 also provides multi level RAID support including RAID level 0 for maximum performance, RAID Level 1 for maximum security, RAID level 0+1 and JBOD. The VIA VT8237 also features support for up to two Parallel ATA-133 devices, extending flexibility to the system integrator by allowing for mainstream or value configurations leveraging the existing technology standard. Additional features include a VIA MAC for 10/100Mbps Fast Ethernet connectivity, integrated PCI support, VIA Vinyl Six-channel Audio and an MC'97 modem. The KT600 also benefits from the advanced unified VIA Hyperion 4-in-1 driver set, delivering seamless compatibility with the latest software and hardware.

    For more information, please see the KT600 product page:
    http://www.via.com.tw/en/apollo/kt600.jsp

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    So whats up with the 64 bit proc interface on the North Bidge?
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    All I could find for a Google search with "64-bit processor interface" was 64-bit CPU related stuff.

    So I imagine later revisions will support K8 possibly, not really sure

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    Yeah but they would have to disable the memory controller and have it able to stream data straight from the proc to the mem. They might as well just build a new chipset for that reason instead of a revision
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