Today, VIA has announced the VIA PT890 chipset supporting Intel processors up to 1066MHz FSB.
In addition to supporting Intel's full range of processors, the VIA PT890 also features VIA's StepUp memory technology, which provides support for both DDR and DDR2 memory standards on the same motherboard. This allows motherboard makers the choice to implement either standard depending on the demands of their target market. However, it's worth noting that the chipset only supports single channel memory.
The north bridge also has support for a single PCI-Express x16 video card, along with additional support for PCI-Express x1 peripherals, including Gigabit Ethernet and TV tuner cards.
When combined with the VT8237A south bridge, the chipset will deliver an ample range of storage, multimedia and connectivity features, including native SATA RAID, 8-channel High Definition VIA Vinyl Audio, Gigabit Ethernet, eight USB2.0 ports and IEEE1394 Firewire support.
The PT890 chipset pin compatible with all of VIA's previous chipsets using the company's V-Map strategy, meaning that the time to market for motherboard makers is minimal as they're able to use a single design to cover multiple market segments. Whether they choose to do that or not is a different matter altogether, though.
VIA has also stated that its PT890 chipset is 'Vista Ready'
. When coupled with a Chrome S20-series video card, system builders will be able to deliver systems capable of the full Windows Vista Premium experience with the advanced Aero Glass GUI effects.
You can find more details on the PT890 chipset on VIA's home page