Of current IHVs, VIA is the only one that at least with two product generations has supplied the Linux community with a hardware mixing capable integrated audio solution: VT8235/37 (capable of 4 simultaneous sound streams by one capture). That alone was one of the reasons why I recommend motherboards with that southbridge. To my knowledge no other IAP (Integrated Audio Processor) has done this (other than some very old Athlon motherboards that integrated a 4DWave sound card pretty much identical in hardware mixing capabilities to the Live! [Emu10K1], with its massive 32 hardware voices). Kudos to VIA, and like the others, I can only hope that more IHVs start severing their umbilical cords from Microsoft.
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