Soyo Press Release 12/20/99

Soyo Press Release 12/20/99 - Page 1


New Designs Support Leading Edge 750/800MHz CPUs/Chipset Technology, Consumer-based PCs with Integrated Multimedia, and "Designer" Internet Appliances

FREMONT, CA  (January 3, 2000) - Soyo, Inc. rings in the new year with 10 new motherboards and a new IEEE-1394 Firewire adapter to jump start year 2000 sales to system integrators and endusers building Camino, Athlon, consumer PCs as well as Internet appliances.  All new Soyo motherboards support next generation CPUs, chipsets, and peripherals with features such as 100/133 system bus support, 4X AGP support, PCI
expansion slots, Universal Serial Bus (USB) ports, and UltraDMA/33 support and integrated multimedia, and integrated networking and home PNA controllers on some models.  Most models also include AMR slots for installing low-cost Audio/Modem Riser cards.

Soyo will offer two new Camino motherboards for Pentium II/III systems, which feature the new Intel 820 chipset. The SY-6ICA ($139 U.S.) and the SY-7ICAD ($139 U.S.) both include Intel's Camino chipset, Pentium II/III CPU support, 100/133 MHz FSB, 4X AGP graphics, and AC 97 Codec Software Audio Solution with an ATA 66/Audio Modem Riser Slot in an ATX form actor.  Both boards are expandable to 512MBs RAM. The Soyo SY-6ICA has two RamBus RIMMs slots, while the SY-7ICAD features two DIMMs. Power users also have of Soyo's SY-K7AIA, which is designed to maximize AMD's Athlon chip. The SY-K7AIA ($145 U.S.) pushes the microprocessor and chipset envelope to a new level with its Single Slot-A socket for AMD's Athlon CPU, AMD-750 chipset, and 200MHz system interface.  The ATX form factor board supports all Slot-A AMD CPU's from 500MHz and above and is expandable with 5 PCI and 2 ISA slots.

VIA Technologies' Apollo PRO133 chipset with 4x AGP graphics support is the base for Soyo's new SY-6VCA ($105 U.S.) and SY-7VCM ($99 U.S.) motherboards.  The SY-6VCA supports Intel Pentium II/III CPUs, including the new 733MHz Coppermine CPU, while the SY-7VCM supports Intel's Socket
370 CPUs.  Both boards also accommodate PC-133/VCM to 1.5GB, and
feature an ATA-66/AC-97 audio/modem riser slot

Intel's "Whitney" 810/810E chipsets and Pentium II/III CPUs drive Soyo's Micro ATX footprint SY-6IWM ($115 U.S.) and SY-6IWM/L ($85 U.S.) motherboards. The 810 chipset lowers the cost per system because it eliminates the need for a sound card, video card as well as a modem while not compromising on performance.  Soyo has enhanced its Whitney-based boards with an Aureal 8810 hardware audio controller, and embedded direct AGP with 4MB display cache on the SY-6IWM.

Soyo will offer four new motherboards for consumer entertainment centers, Internet machines, and business designer desktops.  The boards will be based on SiS' 630 and 540 chipsets.  The SY-6SWM (Pentium II/III CPU support, $155 U.S.), SY-7SWM (Intel Socket 370), SY-5SSM Pro
Super Socket 7, $79 U.S.), and SY-7SWF (Intel Socket 370, $105 U.S.) will all feature integrated 128-bit 2D/3D Ultra-AGP video and will be LAN/Internet-ready with an integrated Ethernet and 1Mbps Home PNA Controller on the modem port.  Home PNA support allows users to be simultaneously connected to the Internet and to a PC in another location.  Memory support includes PC-133 SDRAM/VCM to 1GB.  Each board will also include a ATA-66/ AC-97 Audio/ Modem Riser Slot and MicroATX form factor, except the SY-7SWF, which uses the Flex ATX form factor.

The SY-7SWF is Soyo's answer for designer desktops and consumer gadget enthusiasts who do not want to compromise style for performance.  The SY-7SWF provides power, functionality, and TV/Internet-readiness. With its Flex ATX form factor this sleek new motherboard will allow designers to get creative with their enclosures and develop smaller and more innovative systems for consumer entertainment centers, Internet machines, and business designer desktops with flat panel displays.

Soyo has also announced a "firewire" IEEE-1394 host adapter for high-speed file transfers to 400 Mb/sec.  Soyo's SY-1394 ($35 U.S.) is an ultra speed PCI Bus card, with single chip 1394a host controller with integrated OHCI and 3 IEEE 1394 ports which can act as a multi-function adapter.  Each port may be used for peer-to-peer networking or as controller for 1394-ready DVD set top boxes, digital cameras,camcorders, printers, scanners, and others.  This host adapter will enable all existing systems to be IEEE 1394 ready.

All motherboards ship with a Symantec CD-ROM bundle that has a retail value of $150. It includes: Symantec Norton AntiVirus; Symantec Norton Ghost disk cloning software, and the Virtual Drive CD-ROM emulation application.

SOYO, Inc. is the U.S. subsidiary of SOYO Computer, Inc.  Founded in 1985, with worldwide headquarters in Taipei, Taiwan, and branch offices in Germany, Holland, Hong Kong, Japan and Korea, SOYO is one of the fastest growing major motherboard manufacturers in the world with 1998 sales of $280 million.  The company sells its products through a Tech Data and a select group of resellers, system integrators, and VARs worldwide.  SOYO's U.S. headquarters are at 41484 Christy Street, Fremont, CA  94538.  For information, call 510-226-7696 or visit

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