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VIA Technologies is a Taiwanese manufacturer of integrated circuits, mainly motherboard chipsets, CPUs, and memory, and is part of the Formosa Plastics Group. It is the world's largest independent manufacturer of motherboard chipsets. As a fabless semiconductor company, VIA conducts research and development of its chipsets in-house, then subcontracts the actual (silicon) manufacturing to third-party merchant foundries (such as TSMC.) Image File history File links Via-logo. ... Image File history File links Via-logo. ... The tobacco leaf shaped Taiwan is mostly mountainous in the east but gradually changes to gently sloping plains in the west. ... Integrated circuit showing memory blocks, logic and input/output pads around the periphery A monolithic integrated circuit (also known as IC, microchip, silicon chip, computer chip or chip) is a miniaturized electronic circuit (consisting mainly of semiconductor devices, as well as passive components) which has been manufactured in the surface... An old Octek Jaguar V main board with an AMD 386DX-40 processor. ... A chipset is a group of integrated circuits (chips) that are designed to work together, and are usually marketed as a single product. ... CPU redirects here. ... The terms storage (U.K.) or memory (U.S.) refer to the parts of a digital computer that retain physical state (data) for some interval of time, possibly even after electrical power to the computer is turned off. ... Formosa Plastics Group (Ch: 台灣塑膠公司) is a Taiwanese conglomerate of diverse interests, including biotechnology, petrochemical processing, and production of electronics components. ... A fabless semiconductor company specializes in the design and sale of hardware devices implemented on semiconductor chips. ... Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Limited (Traditional Chinese: 台灣積體電路製造股份有限公司, abbrev. ...

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History

The company was founded in 1987 from the Symphony Company in Silicon Valley by Wen Chi Chen (陳文琦), among others. He was employed at Intel before joining Symphony, and is still CEO of the company. Chen transferred the employees of Symphony to Taiwan to start chip production. 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... A view of downtown San Jose, the self-proclaimed Capital of Silicon Valley. ... Wen Chi Chen has been President and CEO of VIA Technologies, Inc. ... Intel Corporation (NASDAQ: INTC, SEHK: 4335), founded in 1968 as Integrated Electronics Corporation, is a U.S.-based multinational corporation that is best known for designing and manufacturing microprocessors and specialized integrated circuits. ...


In 1992 Headquarters was moved to Taipei, Taiwan. 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday. ...


In 1996 VIA played a major part in the PC Common Architecture standard group, pushing the switch from the ISA bus to the PCI bus. 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty. ... Industry Standard Architecture (in practice almost always shortened to ISA) is a computer bus standard for IBM compatible computers. ... 32-bit PCI expansion slots on a motherboard 64-bit PCI expansion slots inside a Power Macintosh G4 The Peripheral Component Interconnect standard (in practice almost always shortened to PCI) specifies a computer bus for attaching peripheral devices to a computer motherboard. ...


In 1999 it acquired most of Cyrix (then a division of National Semiconductor) and also Integrated Device Technology's Centaur, marking its entry into the x86 microprocessor market. VIA is the maker of the VIA C3 and VIA C7 processors and the EPIA platform. 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... Cyrix corporate logo Cyrix was a CPU manufacturer that began in 1988 as a specialist supplier of high-performance math co-processors for 286 and 386 systems. ... Categories: Electronics companies of the United States | Companies based in California | Corporation stubs ... IDT was founded in 1980 as a semiconductor vendor. ... x86 or 80x86 is the generic name of a microprocessor architecture first developed and manufactured by Intel. ... Microprocessors, including an Intel 80486DX2 and an Intel 80386. ... The VIA C3 is an x86 central processing unit for personal computers produced by VIA Technologies. ... The VIA C3 is an x86 central processing unit for personal computers. ... There is also a municipality in the prefecture of Messinia, Greece, see Epia, Greece Epia, a cpu line manufactured by Via. ...


In 2001 VIA established the S3 Graphics joint venture. 2001: A Space Odyssey. ... S3 Graphics, Ltd design graphics chipsets for PCs. ...


In February 2005, VIA celebrated the production of the 100 Millionth VIA AMD chipset. 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Products

While VIA lacks the name-recognition of other chipset providers (such as ATI, Intel, NVIDIA), one or more of VIA's many chipsets feature in a wide variety of PC products. VIA's business focuses on integrated chipsets for the PC market. Among PC users, VIA is best known for its motherboard (core-logic) chipsets. However, VIA's products include audio controllers, network/connectivity controllers, low-power CPUs, and even CD/DVD-writer chipsets. PC and peripheral vendors such as ASUS then buy the chipsets for inclusion into their own product brands. ATI Technologies Inc. ... Intel Corporation (NASDAQ: INTC, SEHK: 4335), founded in 1968 as Integrated Electronics Corporation, is a U.S.-based multinational corporation that is best known for designing and manufacturing microprocessors and specialized integrated circuits. ... NVIDIA Corporation (NASDAQ: NVDA) is a major supplier of graphics processors (graphics processing units, GPUs), graphics cards, and media and communications devices for PCs and game consoles such as the original Xbox and the new upcoming next generation Playstation 3. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ...


In the late 1990s, VIA began diversifying its core-logic business, and the company has since made business acquisitions to form a CPU division, graphics division, and a sound division. As advances in silicon manufacturing continue to increase the level of integration and functionality in chipsets, VIA will need these divisions to remain competitive in the core-logic market.


Motherboard chipsets

The following list is incomplete


Mature/Obsolete

  • VIA MVP3 - Popular super socket 7 chipset, with AGP interface 1.0, up to 512 MB of PC-100 SDRAM, and up to 2 MB L2 cache. Updated to MVP4 with integrated Trident graphics and improved ATA-66 disk interface.
  • Apollo Pro133, Apollo Pro133A - The first VIA Intel chipset to support a 133 MHz FSB (Slot 1/Socket 370), and perhaps most importantly, supported 133 MHz SDRAM memory. The Apollo Pro133A featured AGP 4X support and an improved memory controller.
  • Apollo KX133/KT133/KT133A - The Apollo KX133 was a derivative chipset for the AMD Athlon, Slot A. Following that came the Apollo KT133 for AMD Athlon/Duron, Socket A. The chipset was revised to the KT133A spec, featuring memory controller tweaks, and improved features. The KT133A proved a popular chipset with stability and performance.
  • ProSavage PM133/KM133 - Based upon a graphics core from S3, derived from a combination of the 3D-component of Savage4 and 2D from Savage2000. They were VIA’s first in house integrated chipsets.
  • VIA KT266, VIA KT266A, VIA KT333, VIA KT400, VIA KT400A, VIA KM400 - A DDR memory refresh for the Athlon processor. The A spec part was notable for delivering an unexpected speed improvement. Subsequent versions updated to more recent memory speed grades, relfected in the chipset titles.

Savage was a product-line of PC graphics chipsets designed by S3. ...

Currently being produced

  • VIA K8T800, VIA K8T800 PRO - Athlon 64 chipsets. Established an early market lead, with richer features, and a full speed HyperTransport implementation
  • VIA PT880 Pro/Ultra, K8T890 - VIA's first PCIe chipsets (Pentium 4, Athlon 64)
  • VIA K8M890 - VIA's first chipset with DirectX 9 IGP and PCIe (Athlon 64)
  • VIA KT880, KT600 - VIA's last chipsets for AMD K7 family. KT880 supports dual channel memory and both support VIA DriveStation.

PCI Express (formerly known as 3GIO for 3rd Generation I/O, not to be mistaken with PCI-X) is an implementation of the PCI computer bus that uses existing PCI programming concepts and communications standards, but bases it on a much faster serial communications system. ... PCI Express (formerly known as 3GIO for 3rd Generation I/O, not to be mistaken with PCI-X) is an implementation of the PCI computer bus that uses existing PCI programming concepts and communications standards, but bases it on a much faster serial communications system. ... Athlon is the brand name applied to a series of different x86 processors designed and manufactured by AMD. The original Athlon, or Athlon Classic was the first seventh-generation x86 processor and, in a first, retained the initial performance lead it had over Intels competing processors for a significant...

Market trends

While an established supplier of PC components, notably for the Super Socket 7 platform, VIA's present market position derives from the success of its Pentium III chipsets. Intel made the mistake of discontinuing development of its SDRAM chipsets, and stated as policy only RAMBUS memory would be supported going forward. Since RAMBUS was both more expensive at the time, and offered few if any obvious performance advantages, manufacturers found they could ship performance equivalent PCs at a lower cost by using VIA chipsets. The Super Socket 7, also referred to as Super 7 is an extension of the Socket 7 ZIF socket specification. ... Pentium III logo The Pentium III is an x86 (more precisely, an i686) architecture microprocessor by Intel, introduced on February 26, 1999. ... Intel Corporation (NASDAQ: INTC, SEHK: 4335), founded in 1968 as Integrated Electronics Corporation, is a U.S.-based multinational corporation that is best known for designing and manufacturing microprocessors and specialized integrated circuits. ... DRAM is a type of random access memory that stores each bit of data in a separate capacitor. ... Rambus Incorporated NASDAQ: RMBS (founded 1990) is a provider of high-speed interface technology, most notably their Rambus Direct RAM memory technology, which was intended to replace SDRAM and challenge DDR RAM as the standard memory used in computers. ...


While historically VIA chipsets had suffered compatibility and performance issues, especially regarding AGP implementations, an internal program to raise standards had also begun to show results. VIA’s fast performing, stable, mature chipsets, suddenly found huge market appeal, and profits soared. Many companies that had previously maintained Intel only buying policies, for the first time placed volume orders with VIA, and were satisfied with the results. At the same time, VIA benefited from AMD’s popular Athlon processor. As the sole supplier of performance chipsets, VIA also sold millions of chipsets for the Athlon. AGP slot (maroon), although the color is usually brown. ... Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. ... Athlon is the brand name applied to a series of different x86 processors designed and manufactured by AMD. The original Athlon, or Athlon Classic, was the first seventh-generation x86 processor and, in a first, retained the initial performance lead it had over Intels competing processors for a significant...


However, VIA’s success was as much based upon the mistakes of others, as its own internal excellence. Intel eventually restarted their SDRAM development, and produced the 815 chipset, with 133 MHz SDRAM support and a 133 MHz Front Side Bus CPU interface. As NVIDIA came out with the powerful nForce 2 chipset for the Athlon, VIA’s market share started to decline. NVIDIA Corporation (NASDAQ: NVDA) is a major supplier of graphics processors (graphics processing units, GPUs), graphics cards, and media and communications devices for PCs and game consoles such as the original Xbox and the new upcoming next generation Playstation 3. ...


In response to increasing market competition, VIA made the astute decision to buy out the ailing S3 Graphics business. While the Savage chipset was not fast enough to survive as a discrete solution, with its low manufacturing cost it made an ideal integrated solution, as part of the VIA north bridge. This considerably enhanced the value proposition of VIA’s chipsets. S3 Graphics, Ltd design graphics chipsets for PCs. ... A normal north/southbridge layout The northbridge is traditionally one of the two chips in the core logic chipset on a PC motherboard, the other being the Southbridge. ...


VIA also continued development of its VIA C3 processor, targeting small, light, low power applications, a market space in which VIA is still successful. The VIA envy soundcard has set new standards for onboard PC audio with pure 24 bit sound. Under the guidance of VIA, the S3 brand has generally held onto a respectable 10% share of the PC graphics market, behind Intel, ATI, and NVIDIA. The VIA C3 is an x86 central processing unit for personal computers produced by VIA Technologies. ... A sound card based on VIA Envy24 HT-S chip The VIA Envy24 audio chipset series delivers some of the best sound quality available for personal computers. ... ATI Technologies Inc. ... NVIDIA Corporation (NASDAQ: NVDA) is a major supplier of graphics processors (graphics processing units, GPUs), graphics cards, and media and communications devices for PCs and game consoles such as the original Xbox and the new upcoming next generation Playstation 3. ...


VIA continues to recognise the importance of its core business, and seeks to develop high quality chipsets. While its Pentium 4 designs have struggled to win market share in the face of legal threats from Intel, the K8T800 chipset for the Athlon 64 has proved another success story, offering stability, performance, and features at launch that few expected. To this extent VIA has shown they still have the ability to surprise, and continue in the tradition of providing good enough products, at trademark OEM friendly low price points. New Intel Pentium 4 with Hyper Threading logo The Pentium 4 is a seventh-generation x86 architecture microprocessor produced by Intel and is their first all-new CPU design, called the NetBurst architecture, since the Pentium Pro of 1995. ... The Athlon 64 (codenamed ClawHammer, Newcastle, Winchester, Venice, and San Diego) represents AMDs entry into the consumer 64-bit microprocessor market, released on September 23, 2003. ...


See also

The VIA C3 is an x86 central processing unit for personal computers produced by VIA Technologies. ... A sound card based on VIA Envy24 HT-S chip The VIA Envy24 audio chipset series delivers some of the best sound quality available for personal computers. ...

External links

  • VIA Home Page
  • The 100 Millionth VIA AMD Chipset
  • Linux on laptops and notebooks with VIA CPU


VIA graphics, chipsets & personal computer platforms

VIA chipsets | S3 Savage series | S3 Chrome series | VIA/Centaur CPUs | VIA Envy This is a list of computer motherboard chipsets made by VIA. Mature/Obsolete VIA MVP3 - Popular Super Socket 7 chipset, with AGP interface 1. ... Savage was a product-line of PC graphics chipsets designed by S3. ... S3 Graphics Chrome series of graphics accelerators arrived in 2004 with the DeltraChrome line of chips. ... The VIA C3 is an x86 central processing unit for personal computers produced by VIA Technologies. ... A sound card based on VIA Envy24 HT-S chip The VIA Envy24 audio chipset series delivers some of the best sound quality available for personal computers. ...


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VIA Technologies - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1116 words)
VIA Technologies is a Taiwanese manufacturer of integrated circuits, mainly motherboard chipsets, CPUs, and memory, and is part of the Formosa Plastics Group.
VIA is the maker of the VIA C3 and VIA C7 processors and the EPIA platform.
VIA also continued development of its VIA C3 processor, targeting small, light, low power applications, a market space in which VIA is still successful.
VIA - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (232 words)
Via is commonly used as a delineation of connection, e.g.
Via is a synonym for by means of, e.g.
A via (electronics) is a through-connection in a multi-layer printed circuit board or integrated circuit.
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