Mainboards take the stage

Mainboards take the stage

BCN Technology will bring VIA Platform Solutions Division's mainboards to the Australian channel next month.

Based around the infamous P4X266 chipset, which is currently the subject of legal wrangling between VIA and rival chipmaker Intel, the boards will allow Intel's Pentium 4 processor to use Double Data Rate Synchronous Dynamic RAM (DDR SDRAM). The VIA-branded P4X266 boards will be available in both 423 and 478-pin versions for the Pentium 4 chip and feature onboard RAID, LAN and Audio support.

The range encompasses 12 motherboards taking in the professional, performance and value markets, according to BCN, which has distributed VIA C3 processors in Australia since June. The distributor will showcase the products at its Summer Expo in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne this week.

"The VIA chipset brings the Pentium 4 process to the core market share and we see great potential in this product," said BDN managing director Ken Lowe.

VIA, which set up office in Australia earlier this year to service all its international online technical support and Web media, expects a high demand for the product.

"We are talking only 2-3 per cent performance difference between the VIA and Intel products, but there is a massive price difference between the boards, and the RAM-DDR is half the cost [of Rambus]," said VIA Technologies technical support manager John Gatt.

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