Fremont, Calif. Soyo Inc. is marketing an ATX-form-factor motherboard that's said to maximize the performance of Intel Corp.'s Solano-2 chip set. The Soyo SY-7ISA supports Intel Socket 370 Pentium III CPUs operating at 500 MHz and above, with a 133-MHz front-side bus.
The motherboard offers direct AGP VGA graphics in 1x, 2x and 4x mode, on-board AGP 1x/2x video, an embedded ATA-100 chip set controller to power next-generation high-speed hard drives, integrated 10/100 Ethernet and an on-board six-channel AC97 audio codec. It will also accommodate 100-MHz Pentium III and Celeron processors with 66-MHz front-side buses.
Power users have the option of using the AGP4x slot to add graphics cards to bypass the on-board video. Users can also buy memory upgrades to insert in the AGP slot to supplement the on-board video.
Expandable to 512 Mbytes of RAM via three SDRAM DIMM slots, the SY-7ISA has five 32-bit bus-mastering PCI slots. The on-board Super I/O supports two RS-232 serial ports, parallel printer port, floppy-disk port, two Ultra DMA 100/66/33 ports, two USB ports, audio line/out ports, a game port, PS/2 Mini-DIN mouse and keyboard ports, and an IrDA port.
Soyo's jumperless Sofset configuration technology claims to optimize 3-D modeling, animation or gaming applications by letting users configure selectable sets of CPU and PCI clock speeds directly inside the BIOS. An interception feature automatically protects the BIOS from the CIH virus, which can overwrite the hard disk and flash BIOS of an infected PC under Windows 95 and 98.
The company's Hardware Doctor Software package lets users control and monitor their system at all times.
The SY-7ISA also supports wake-on-LAN to simplify network management. Each board includes a Symantec software bundle with Norton Anti-Virus, Ghost and Virtual Drive.
The board lists for $145.
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