Fremont, California ? May 28, 2002 ? SOYO, Inc. will
expand its line of motherboards with 10 new designs at
Computex 2002 in Taipei, Taiwan. Utilizing the new chipset
technology from Intel, VIA and SiS, these 10 new
motherboards will maximize Intel and AMD CPU performance
with more exciting features.
SOYO, with worldwide headquarter in Taiwan, will introduce
several new additions to its popular DRAGON motherboard
series for Intel and AMD, and preview other new designs
utilizing Rambus memory and serial ATA hard drive support.
The company will introduce it's SY-P4I RAPTOR, which will
support Intel Socket-478 Pentium 4 CPUs and will be based on
the Intel i850E / ICH2 chipset with support for 400 MHz FSB.
The RAPTOR is SOYO's featured Rambus memory mainboard for
2002 with its four 184-pin Direct Rambus RIMM modules, which
will support up to 2GBs of memory. Based on the superior
memory speed of Rambus modules, SOYO?s P4I RAPTOR will be
targeting power users and hardcore gamers who look for a DDR-alternative
and desire ultra system performance.
SY-P4I-845E Serial is SOYO?s new solution for the Intel
Pentium 4 platform, supporting the fastest 533 MHz FSB.
Based on the new Intel 845E chipset, this motherboard is the
first in the market to feature on board serial ATA-133
storage interface support. Serial ATA is a plug-in solution
in that it is compatible with today's software, and will run
on the new architecture without modification. Unlike
parallel ATA, serial ATA will enable simpler system design,
thinner cables which are easier to route and install,
smaller cable connectors, and lower voltages which alleviate
current design requirements in Parallel ATA. End users will
benefit by being able to easily upgrade their storage
devices. Configuration of Serial ATA devices will be much
simpler, with many of today?s requirements on jumper and
settings no longer needed.
Featured motherboards in the popular DRAGON series for Intel
Socket-478 Pentium 4 processors include the SY-645DX DRAGON
Ultra with SiS 645DX / 961B chipset, SY-P4S-648 DRAGON Ultra
with SiS 648 / 963 chipset and 8x AGP support, the SY-P4X333
DRAGON Ultra with VIA's P4X333 / 8235 chipset. Two new
DRAGON series boards will be based on new SiS chipset
technology for Intel Pentium 4 CPUs while one new DRAGON
design will be based on new VIA chipset technology. All SOYO
DRAGON boards for the Intel platform offer DDR memory
support, support for 400/533 MHz FSB, and high-speed USB 2.0
For AMD Socket-A processors, SOYO will focus on its new
SY-KT333 DRAGON Ultra with VIA KT333 / 8233A chipset,
SY-KT333 DRAGON Lite with KT333 / 8233A chipset, and
forthcoming SY-KT400 DRAGON Ultra with VIA KT400 / 8235
chipset. The two KT333 DRAGON Ultra boards distinguish
themselves from like-boards with the choice of signature
black PCB finish or the unique Platinum Edition. The KT333
DRAGON Ultra ? Platinum Edition is the first to feature both
look and functionality on a mainboard. Its attention
grabbing silver finish is ideal for system builders and
enthusiasts who adopt the new see-through cases. The
addition of SOYO's "sigma box" series, which provides either
4 front USB 2.0 ports or combination compact flash/smart
media reader/writer and 2 front USB 2.0 ports, sets SOYO
apart from the rest of the competition. For the system
integrators or small business who are looking for value and
solid stability, SOYO's SY-KT333 DRAGON Lite board will
feature the VIA KT333 / 8233A chipset and on board features
such as DDR333 memory support, 4-channel audio, AGP Pro, and
overclocking. SY-KT400 DRAGON Ultra with new DDR400 memory
support will include all the exciting features of a DRAGON
board with the addition of Serial ATA support for more
scalable storage and efficient system building.
Other new SOYO motherboards for Intel CPUs will include the
SY-P4VS2 for Socket-478 Pentium 4 processors. It will
feature VIA's P4X266A / 8233A chipset, support 400 MHz FSB,
and is expandable with three 168-pin SDRAM 3.3V DIMM sockets
with support up to 3GB. The SY-7VEF has also been designed
for price-performance systems with support for the Intel FC-PGA
2 Tualatin Processor, and Intel FC-PGA Pentium III and
Celeron Processors. The SY-7VEF uses standard 168-pin SDRAM
DIMM sockets with support up to 1.0GB.
Depending on the model SOYO will integrate many advanced
features to add performance and value to its designs.
Standard features on many boards in the Q3-Q4 2002 lineup
will include: Embedded Hipoint IDE-RAID chip, which will
provide ATA133 IDE- RAID 0,1,0+1; on board 10/100 Mbps
Ethernet function by PHY or single NIC controller; embedded
CMI 8738 audio chips to provide 6 channels audio solution;
AGP Pro Slots; and flexible overclocking interface. Many
high-end DRAGON designs will also feature on board or add on
Serial ATA storage interface.
SOYO will also include its "sigma box" line of peripherals
with all DRAGON Ultra models. These bundled peripherals
occupy a standard 3.5-inch or 5.25-inch drive bay for easily
connecting additional devices such as USB 2.0, FireWire
devices or combination compact flash/smart media
reader/writer to the front of the system being built.
Another signature SOYO bundle feature is the SPDIF audio
connector for true digital sound.
The SOYO 2002 motherboard lineup continues SOYO's tradition
of making it easy to fine-tune its motherboards for business
& consumer performance applications such as 3D modeling,
animation or gaming. SOYO has integrated many enhanced
overclocking, system management, and security features into
the majority of its motherboards. Users can customize their
boards to specific applications by adjusting the CPU FSB,
core voltage & multiplier, AGP/AGP Pro voltage, and DDR
SDRAM/RAMBUS voltage via the BIOS setup. The FSB on most
models can also be set in 1Mhz increments through the BIOS
setup for high performance.
Support is also included for on-board hardware monitoring,
and includes SOYO's Hardware Health Utility to streamline PC
system management. Among the many hardware monitoring
functions on all SOYO boards are CPU fan speed and
temperature monitoring; WOL (Wake On LAN) function to
simplify network management; software power-off controls and
remote and/or alarm power-on control.
Pricing on many boards and ships dates are to be determined.
SOYO will offer both single board and volume pricing.
SOYO Computer, Inc was founded in 1985, with worldwide
headquarters in Taipei, Taiwan, and branch offices in USA,
Germany, and Hong Kong. The company sells its products
through a select group of distributors, resellers, system
integrators, VARs and retailers worldwide.
SOYO?s Taiwan headquarter is located at No.21 Wu-Gong 5 Rd.,
Taipei Hsien, Taipei, Taiwan, R.O.C., Tel: 886-2-2290-3300,
Fax: 886-2-2298-3322, Web Site: www.soyo.com.tw, Email:
SOYO USA is located at 41484 Christy St. Fremont, CA 94538,
Tel: 510.226.7696, Fax: 510.226.9218, Web Site: www.soyo.com,