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Forces alignment in the AMD K7 chipset market

Leaving aside new processor platforms, the good old AMD K7 Socket 462 is still in the ranks. And VIA Technologies and NVIDIA are still the major players in the market of AMD K7 chipsets, but VIA offers wider solution range. To consolidate in the high-end segment it released KT400A with 333MHz FSB and DDR400 support. Besides, in may the company is to announce KT600 supporting DDR400 and 400MHz FSB. Only time will tell if VIA is able to press NVIDIA with its nForce2.

We introduce you the forces alignment summary for the AMD K7 chipset market:

AMD K7 chipsets
  ChipsetRelease dateFeaturesTypeComment
VIA Desktop KT600 May 2003 400MHz FSB
DDR400
AGP 8x
Disc. -
KT400AMarch 10, 2003 333MHz FSB
DDR400
AGP 8x
Disc.
KT400August 2002 333MHz FSB
DDR333
AGP 8x
Disc. -
KT333 February 20, 2002 333MHz FSB
DDR333
AGP 4x
Disc.
KT266A September 3, 2001 266MHz FSB
DDR266
AGP 4x
Disc.
KT133A Early 2001 266MHz FSB
PC133 SDRAM
AGP 4x
Disc.
KM400 - Int. Q4 2002?
KM266 January 16, 2002 266MHz FSB
DDR266
AGP 4x
Int. Pro Savage8 core
KM1332000 266MHz FSB
PC133 SDRAM
AGP 4x
Int. Pro Savage4 core
Mobile KN400March 12, 2003 333MHz FSB
DDR400
AGP 8x
USB 2.0
ATA-133
Int. UniChrome core
KN266 December 12, 2001 200MHz FSB
DDR266
AGP 4x
Int. Pro Savage8 core
KN133 May 2001 266MHz FSB
PC133 SDRAM
AGP 4x
Int. Pro Savage4 core
SiSDesktop SiS748March 12
2003
400MHz FSB
DDR400
AGP 8x
Disc.
SiS746FXJanuary 7, 2003 333MHz FSB
DDR400
AGP 8x
Disc.
SiS746 Q3 2002 266MHz FSB
DDR333
AGP 8x
Disc. -
SiS745March 5, 2002 266MHz FSB
DDR333
AGP 4x
Disc.
SiS735December 11, 2000 266MHz FSB
DDR266
AGP 4x
Disc.
SiS733 - 133MHz FSB
PC133 SDRAM
AGP 4x
Disc.
SiS740 Q4 2001 266MHz FSB
DDR266
Int.SiS315 core
SiS730SJune 1, 2000 PC133 SDRAM
AGP 4x
Int. -
Mobile SiS740 Q4 2001 266MHz FSB
DDR266
Int. SiS315 core
SiS730SJune 1, 2000 PC133 SDRAM
AGP 4x
Int. -
ALi Desktop M1647
(ALi MAGiK 1)
March 23, 2001 266MHz FSB
DDR266
AGP 4x
Disc. -
Mobile M1647 (Mobile MAGiK 1) 266MHz FSB
DDR266
AGP 4x
Disc. -
M1646January 15, 2001 266MHz FSB
DDR266
Int. Trident CyberBlade XP
NVIDIADesktop nForce2 STJuly 2002 400MHz FSB
DDR400
AGP 8x
Disc. Turbo
nForce2 SJuly 2002 400MHz FSB
DDR400
AGP 8x
Disc. -
nForce2 GT July 2002 400MHz FSB
DDR400
AGP 8x
Int. Turbo, GeForce4 MX
nForce2 GJuly 2002 400MHz FSB
DDR400
AGP 8x
Int. GeForce4 MX
nForce 615-D March 2002 DDR333
AGP 4x
Disc.
nForce 415-D 2002 AGP 4x Disc.
nForce 220 2001 SDRAM Disc.
nForce 620-D March 2002 DDR333
AGP 4x
Int. GeForce2 MX
nForce 420-D 2002 AGP 4x Int. GeForce2 MX
nForce 220-D 2001 DDR266
AGP 4x
Int. GeForce2 MX

NVIDIA nForce2 configurations
  Northbridge
Discrete Integrated
SPP* IGP**
Southbridge Turbo MCP-T nForce2 ST nForce2 GT
MCP*** nForce2 S nForce2 G

*SPP - System Platform Processor
**IGP — Integrated Graphics Processor
***MCP — Media and Communications Processor

Source: The DigiTimes

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