Press Release: VIA Announces Establishment of new VIA Platform Solutions Division

Posted By Van Smith

Date: October 15, 2001

VPSD to provide VIA’s global customer base with innovative platform solutions for Servers, PCs, and emerging new generation of Information Appliances
Taipei, Taiwan, 15 October 2001 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator and developer of core logic chipsets, microprocessors, and multimedia and communications chips, today announced the establishment of the VIA Platform Solutions Division (VPSD). This new Business Unit further enhances VIA’s ability to provide the complete platform solution for all market segments.

VPSD will bring to market a wide selection of VIA branded platforms for building high-performance PCs, workstations and servers, as well as facilitate the rapid development of an exciting new generation of desktop and mobile Information PCs, Information Servers, and Information Stations in line with VIA’s "Total Connectivity" vision.

"The establishment of the Platform Solutions Division provides VIA with an exciting opportunity to further extend our industry leadership by delivering innovative platform solutions that will enable our customers to speed up their time to market for leading edge technologies and product designs," commented Wenchi Chen, President and CEO of VIA Technologies, Inc.

VPSD Mission & Operations

An autonomous Business Unit within VIA, VPSD is charged with the mission of designing, developing, and bringing to market a complete range of platform solutions, including a new line of branded VIA Mainboards, as well as the company’s Information PC, Set Top Box, Web Pad and future Total Connectivity designs.

In line with the company’s highly successful fabless business model, VPSD will leverage the logistical advantages of the Greater China manufacturing engine, outsourcing production to qualified partners that have met its stringent quality standards. The Division will sell and market its products to OEMs and the System Integrator and Distribution channels, and will provide a full set of logistics, technical support, and RMA services through VIA’s global network, which includes facilities in the USA, Germany, UK, Hong Kong, China, and Taiwan.

"VIA VPSD products will not only come with the most innovative and highest performance features such as first to market support for DDR266 SDRAM," commented Richard Brown, Director of Marketing of VIA Technologies, Inc. "But they will also be manufactured according to world class quality standards and backed up by the highest levels of service and support."

VPSD Products

VPSD’s first VIA branded products to hit the shelves will be the VIA P4X266 Series, a complete line of mainboards for professional, performance and value market segments based around the acclaimed VIA P4X266 core logic chipset. The VIA P4X266 harnesses high-performance DDR266 SDRAM, providing the most balanced and cost effective platform for Intel® Pentium® 4 processor based PC systems, workstations and servers.

Two such mainboards from VPSD’s P4X266 Series include the VIA P4X266 PR22-R and the VIA P4X266 VL33-S. The 478-pin PR22-R mainboard combines support for up to 3GB of high bandwidth DDR266 SDRAM and 400MHz FSB with an array of advanced features such as onboard IDE RAID support and 6-channel audio. The 423-pin VL33-S mainboard provides a cost-effective and scalable solution with onboard AC’97 audio codec and also supports up to 3GB of DDR266 SDRAM.

Detailed product information for the complete P4X266 mainboard series is available at the VPSD website, which can be accessed from http://www.via.com.tw.

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, as well as cost-effective VIA C3™ processors for Value PCs and Internet Appliances. 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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