The Register meldt dat VIA heeft bevestigd dat het in gesprek is met S3 over een overname van de 3D graphics chip divisie. Naast VIA zijn er ook andere kandidaten, waaronder nVidia:
S3 insiders last week claimed the company had been talking to Via, but neither company would confirm this - until now.
Curiously, Via admitted that there were indeed other companies talking to S3, so it's not possible to rule out an acquisition by Nvidia, Intel, ATI or another company. Via owns 14.9 per cent of S3, so it's possible that Via is acting now to prevent the loss of the 3D business to a rival. Certainly the early rumours of Via-S3 talks focused on an acquisition of the company in its entirety, rather than its 3D chip business.
Via is clearly confident that it will win through. CT reported that the deal should be settled any day now, and that Via will spin off the chip business as an independent operation, presumably with Via retaining control through a majority shareholding.