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Tuesday, August 12, 2008

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VIA quits motherboard chipset business

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VIA officially announce that it now sees no future in making chipsets for third parties such as Intel and AMD – said in the interview for CustomPC VIA’s vice president of corporate marketing in Taiwan, Richard Brown.

Brown believed that ultimately the third party chipset market would disappear, and VIA would need to have the capability to provide a complete platform. He thinks that Intel provides the vast majority of chipsets for its processors and, following its purchase of ATI, AMD is also moving very quickly in the same direction.

Rumors about VIA quitting the chipset business started at the end of last year when 40 VIA chipset technicians resign and get new job at ASMedia, a subsidiary of Asustek.

VIA is now focusing on x86 processors and the integrated motherboard market, rather than chipsets for third-party CPUs. Nano, multi-core CPUs and VIA’s cooperation with Nvidia is also next in “the game”.

I'll be happy when I see some VIA Nano's available on uATX or ATX motherboards.

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