TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Via Technologies Inc. here today launched its new Apollo KT133 chip set for the Athlon and Duron microprocessors from Advanced Micro Devices Inc. The two-chip set enables personal computer makers to migrate from existing Slot A designs to Socket A systems, using AMD's processors, according to Via Technologies.
The new two-chip set, which features the Via Apollo KX133 architecture, consists of the VT8363 North Bridge and VT82C686A "Super" South Bridge. It also has a 200-MHz Front Side Bus, AGP4X, and support for PC133 memory, said the Taiwan chip supplier.
The combination of Via's chip set technology with the AMD Athlon and Duron processors provides a platform for all segments of the PC market, including the high performance, mainstream and "value" segments, said Wen Chi Chen, president and chief executive officer of Via.
The chip set is the latest in a series of efforts between Via and AMD to challenge their common chip rival--Intel Corp. Via's KX133 was launched last year to support AMD's Athlon microprocessor.
The Via Apollo KT133 chip set is being fabricated by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (TSMC) in a 0.35-micron, three-metal layer process. Currently in volume production, the chip set is priced at $34 in high-volume quantities.