VIA Announces P4PB Ultra

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    VIA Announces P4PB Ultra Mainboard, Delivering Cutting Edge Features Aimed at Tech Savvy PC Enthusiasts

    The P4PB Ultra steps up to the plate with an Xtreme package of features that include, AGP 8X, high bandwidth DDR Memory, ATA/133 RAID, 6 channel audio, and a premium accessory kit

    Taipei, Taiwan, 18 November 2002 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator and developer of silicon chip technologies and PC platform solutions, today launched the P4PB Ultra Mainboard, VIA’s premium-level Pentium® 4 processor mainboard solution aimed at tech savvy PC enthusiasts who demand the latest cutting-edge performance, connectivity features, and premium level accessories.

    “The VIA P4PB Ultra builds on the success of the multi-award winning P4PB 400 mainboard by adding enhancements such as, ATA/133 RAID, limited DDR400 support as well as VIA’s value added premium accessory kit,” commented Richard Brown, Director of Marketing at VIA Technologies, Inc.

    The VIA P4PB Ultra is outfitted with VIA’s top-of-the-line Apollo P4X400 chipset, enabling leading-edge performance features such as Hyper-Threading support for Intel’s new Pentium® 4 processors running at 3.06GHz and up, as well as AGP 8X support for the latest generation of high bandwidth graphics cards. Full DDR333 and limited DDR400 memory support satisfies today’s bandwidth-hungry applications such as 3D gaming, video editing, and ripping digital music.

    ATA/133 RAID 0,1 capacity is added through the onboard Promise PDC20276 controller, significantly boosting system Hard Disk Drive performance and reliability. Select either RAID 0 striping mode to increase Hard Drive performance or RAID 1 mirroring mode for data back-up and increased system reliability.

    Support for up to ten USB 2.0 ports is made possible through the combination of the onboard VIA VT6202 USB 2.0 controller and the VT8235 South Bridge with integrated USB 2.0 support. Connectivity is provided through two I/O back panel ports and onboard pin-headers accommodating up to eight additional ports. Network connectivity is provided through the combination of VIA’s integrated 10/100Mbps Fast Ethernet MAC and onboard VT6103 PHY. An onboard C-Media CMI8738 audio codec provides six channels of studio quality, crisp, digital surround sound and supports both optical and S/PDIF outputs.

    The P4PB Ultra’s premium level accessory kit adds significant value and includes the following:

    FliteDeck™ Firmware Suite
    P4PB 400 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:

    Smart Media Panel

    · Smart Card, Memory Stick & Secure Digital Reader combination

    · Combines all the latest Smart Media formats into one convenient panel

    · Smart Cards offer the highest level of security for applications such as online transactions, credit cards, electronic cash, and identification cards

    · Memory Sticks and Secure digital Cards are high-capacity storage media that allow exchange of data across PCs and other digital devices such as handhelds, digital cameras, and video cameras.

    · Fits conveniently into PC chassis floppy drive bay for easy front access

    IDE / Floppy Mod Cable Set

    Sleek cool design dresses up any modded PC chassis
    Slim profile increases air flow for improved chassis cooling

    USB 2.0 Bracket

    4 high speed USB 2.0 ports
    USB 1.1 backwards compatibility

    S/PDIF Bracket

    2 S/PDIF jacks for both optical fiber and coaxial audio connections
    Allows digital signal transfers between audio devices thus eliminating the signal degradation associated with traditional analog audio

    VIA P4PB Ultra Pricing and Availability

    The VIA P4PB Ultra is available now through VPSD global distribution partners. Pricing information is available on request. For further details please visit our website at

    About VIA Platform Solutions Division

    VPSD brings to market a wide selection of VIA branded products and platforms for building high-performance PCs, workstations and servers, as well as facilitating the rapid development of an exciting new generation of desktop and mobile Information PCs, Information Servers, and Information Stations in line with VIA's "Total Connectivity" vision. Products offered by VPSD include a complete line of high performance mainboard solutions based on industry-leading VIA Apollo P4X400, P4X266E, and P4M266 chipsets, and the innovative VIA EPIA series mainboards based on the ultra compact mini-ITX form factor. Detailed product information about the complete VPSD product line is available at the VPSD website at

    About VIA Technologies, Inc.

    VIA Technologies, Inc. is a leading innovator and developer of PC core logic chipsets, microprocessors, and multimedia, communications, optical media and networking chips. VIA delivers value to the PC industry by designing, marketing, and selling high-performance VIA Apollo core logic chipsets for the full range of PC platforms, and cost-effective VIA C3™ processors for Value PCs and Internet Appliances, as well as developing complete solutions for the PC platform through its VPSD Business Unit. Its customers include the world's top

    OEMs, mainboard manufacturers, and system integrators. VIA is headquartered in Taipei, Taiwan, at the center of the Greater China high-tech manufacturing engine, and has branch offices in the US, China and Europe. The company is listed on the Taiwan Stock Exchange (TSE2388), and achieved annual revenues of nearly US$1 billion in 2001. Additional information can be found at

    VIA PR Contact

    Richard Brown

    (886)-2-2218-5452 #6201


    [email protected]

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