For Immediate Release


VIA Announces P4PB Pro Mainboard, Featuring VIA’s Most Advanced Apollo P4X333 North/South Bridge Chipset Combination



VIA first to market with high performance mainboard based on the new VIA Apollo P4X333 North Bridge and VT8235 South Bridge chipset combination, providing the ultimate performance and connectivity platform for the Intel® Pentium® 4 processor



Taipei, Taiwan, 31 May 2002 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator and developer of silicon chip technologies and PC platform solutions, today announced the VIA P4PB Pro Mainboard, redefining the standard of high end performance and connectivity on the Pentium® 4 platform. The VIA P4PB Pro utilizes VIA’s highly acclaimed Apollo P4X333 North Bridge and the recently released VT8235 South Bridge chipset combination.



The VIA P4PB Pro’s impressive performance features includes AGP4X and 533/400MHz FSB support, as well as the industry’s fastest memory controller, providing the Pentium® 4 with 2700MB/sec of fast DDR333 SDRAM memory. The VIA P4PB Pro’s unsurpassed connectivity features include integrated USB 2.0/1.1, IDE ATA/133, onboard IEEE 1394, 10/100 LAN, and a Smart Card connector.



An onboard VIA VT1616 audio codec provides six channels of studio quality, crisp, digital surround sound and supports S/PDIF optical and digital outputs. The VIA P4PB Pro is bundled with a S/PDIF connector bracket that fits neatly into any available PC chassis I/O expansion slot. The S/PDIF brackets enables digital-to-digital signal transfers between devices thus eliminating the signal degradation associated with traditional analog audio.



Network connectivity is provided through the onboard VIA VT6105M 10/100Mbps Ethernet LAN management controller chip. The VT6105M is VIA’s most advanced LAN chip featuring Wake-on-LAN, remote bootability, multiple VLAN and advanced remote management software, resulting in increased system performance, security and convenient network management.



The onboard VIA VT6306 Fire II IEEE 1394 host controller and integrated VIA USB 2.0 enables seamless connectivity to all the latest high speed PC peripherals and multimedia devices such as digital video cameras, MP3 players, and printers.



“The VIA P4PB Pro is the ultimate expression of high end mainboard design, fully exploiting the capabilities of the VIA Apollo P4X333 chipset” commented Richard Brown, Director of Marketing at VIA Technologies, Inc. “The VIA P4PB Pro is a no compromise, high performance, total connectivity solution”.



The VIA P4PB Pro is available in two SKUs: the P4PB Pro-FL is VIA’s Premium level mainboard supporting the complete comprehensive feature set. The P4PB Pro-L is VIA’s Plus level mainboard (minus IEEE 1394 support).


FliteDeck™ Support
P4PB Pro mainboard users enjoy the added benefit of VPSD’s FliteDeck™ 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 our website at:

http://www.viavpsd.com/products/FliteDeck_spec.jsp.



VIA P4PB Pro Pricing and Availability

The VIA P4PB Pro is available now through VPSD global distribution partners. Pricing information is available on request. For further details please visit our website at: http://www.viavpsd.com/products/P4PBPRO_spec.jsp.