"Via would certainly be the leading candidate," said Jon Peddie, analyst with research firm Jon Peddie Associates, Tiburon, Calif.
A spokesman for Via, a chipset manufacturer based in Taipei, Taiwan, refused to either confirm or deny that talks had taken place. At press time, a spokesman for S3, Santa Clara, Calif., had not returned calls asking for comment.
Nevertheless, such talks would be unsurprising, given that the companies already have formed S3-Via Inc., a separate concern created to combine the companies' respective graphics and core-logic chipset technologies in devices for the low-end PC market. [break]Maar S3 is tegenwoordig ook dikke vriendjes met Intel en nVidia, dus dat zegt niet zo heel veel denk ik.[/break] Earlier this week, S3 confirmed that it is "in discussions with and has received term sheets from several companies relating to the separation of S3's graphics business from the remainder of its businesses."