Press Release: VIA Announces the 933MHz VIA C3™ Processor


Posted By Kathy Smith

Date: December 19, 2001

Newest version of the 'cool processing' VIA C3™ processor raises the performance bar for space saving, low power, low heat desktop and notebook PC systems.

Taipei, Taiwan, 19 December 2001 - VIA Technologies, Inc., a leading innovator and developer of core logic chipsets, microprocessors, and multimedia and communications chips, today announced the introduction of the new VIA C3™ 933MHz processor. This is the third speed grade of the Ezra core VIA C3™ processor, which debuted at 800MHz and is the world's first processor built on the advanced 0.13-micron core.

With its highly efficient design and ultra low power consumption, the VIA C3™ processor is the coolest running x86 processor on the market. This, combined with robust application performance, full Socket 370 compatibility, and rock solid reliability, has seen the VIA C3™ processor gaining increasing market acceptance as the ideal solution for a growing range of space saving desktop Value PCs, notebooks, high-density servers, and the emerging new generation of Digital PC Appliances.

"The VIA C3 processor is the first choice of a growing number of small footprint, highly integrated PC OEMs and enthusiasts due to its minimal cooling requirements and rock-solid reliability and compatibility," commented Richard Brown, Director of Marketing, VIA Technologies, Inc. "The VIA C3’s reputation for unbeatable value and sound performance will be consolidated with the introduction of the new 933MHz version.”


VIA C3™ Processor

The VIA C3™ is the first processor in the world to be manufactured using leading edge 0.13 and 0.15 micron manufacturing processes, and boasts the world's smallest x86 processor die size. As the coolest running processor on the market today, the VIA C3™ delivers ultra low power consumption and world-class levels of stability. It is fully Socket 370 compatible and is available at speeds of up to 933MHz. The processor also comes with 128KB Level 1 and 64KB Level 2 full speed cache, as well as support for a 100/133MHz Front Side Bus and MMX™ and 3DNow! multimedia instructions, to ensure robust levels of performance for all the most popular mainstream software and Internet applications.


Pricing & Availability

The 933MHz VIA C3™ processor is in volume production now. Pricing information is available on request.

About VIA Technologies, Inc.

VIA Technologies, Inc. is a leading innovator and developer of PC core logic chipsets, microprocessors, and multimedia and communications chips. VIA delivers value to the PC industry by designing, marketing, and selling high-performance VIA Apollo core logic chipsets for the full range of PC platforms, and cost-effective VIA C3™ processors for Value PCs and Internet Appliances, as well as developing complete solutions for the PC platform through its VPSD Business Unit. Its customers include the world's top OEMs, mainboard manufacturers, and system integrators. VIA is headquartered in Taipei, Taiwan, at the center of the Greater China high-tech manufacturing engine, and has branch offices in the US, China and Europe. The company is listed on the Taiwan Stock Exchange (TSE2388), and achieved annual revenues of nearly US$1 billion in 2000. Additional information can be found at www.via.com.tw .


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