Press Release: VIA Introduces New C3 866 MHz Processor

Posted By Van Smith

Date: September 11, 2001

Latest version of the ‘cool processing’ VIA C3™ processor continues to drive the development of low power, low heat desktop and notebook PCs without compromising on performance.

Beijing, China, 11 September – 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™ 866MHz processor at the VIA Technology Forum in Beijing. This is the latest version of the VIA C3™ processor based on the core formerly known as Ezra, which debuted at 800MHz and was 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 desktop Value PCs, notebooks, high-density servers, and the emerging new generation of Digital PC Appliances.

"The VIA C3™ processor has steadily built up a reputation for unbeatable reliability and long-term value," commented Richard Brown, Director of Marketing, VIA Technologies, Inc. "With the introduction of the new 866MHz version, this trend is sure to continue."

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 C3Ô 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 866MHz. 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 866MHz 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, 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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