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http://www.digitimes.com/mobos/a20070706PD212.html
http://www.xbitlabs.com/news/chipset...709072727.html

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With Intel's 1333MHz FSB (front side bus) patent license renewal still not yet settled, VIA Technologies has been rumored to be planning to quit the chipset business. However, according to PC makers with close ties with VIA, the company will not quit the chipset business and instead will switch its focus from third party chipsets to chipsets for its own C7 processor platform.

VIA is currently preparing to put less resources in the development of third party chipsets and put more focus on its own-brand C7 processor platform chipset, noted the sources, adding that the company will head towards multimedia control, commercial embedded (thin clients, industrial PCs and point of sale terminals), home multimedia and mobile embedded (ultra-mobile devices, set-top boxes, LCD TVs and car electronics) market, noted the sources.

While VIA had no comment regarding the speculation of its future plans, the company did again state that its previous patent agreement with Intel allows VIA to design and sell any Intel processor-compatible chipset products until April 7, 2008 and so the company is not in danger of violating Intel's patents.
Will VIA find itself extinct or will VIA go all Darwinian on the competition's arse and make a truly evolutionary product?

Recent headlines = Outlook not good

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VIA and SiS see sales drop in first half of 2007 (Jul 6)

VIA introduces new Mini-ITX motherboards (Jun 27)

VIA no longer top-10 customer of TSMC (Jun 22)

VIA profitability to be difficult in 2007 (Jun 21)

VIA denies plans to close chipset business (May 29)

VIA dismisses speculations about spinning off CPU and chipset businesses (May 21)
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their Mini, Nano, and Pico ITX solutions are amazing enough...there is a market for them to conquer
    
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VIA is a BRILLIANT company.

THEY WILL NOT DIE..

I'm thinking though - AMD + VIA = PWNAGE to all.

Then again. perhaps if intel really WANTED to make excellent chips - they COULD, considering the manufacturing capabilities they have... they could give some serious competitition...

BUT - that'll never happen
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it'll only happen when another company comes with something good, and intel feels the need to compete.
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their Mini, Nano, and Pico ITX solutions are amazing enough...there is a market for them to conquer
An empty market, but a small market nonetheless. Although i would love to see some actual use for the ITX's.
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