Nu de laatste tijd VIA het goed doet met hun chipsets hebben ze wat meer durf voor vernieuwende snufjes. Hun laatste vinding? Een BIOS waarmee je het internet op kan:
After grabbing more than 50% of the PC chipset market recently, VIA is on the move again with its latest innovation--E-BIOS.
E-BIOS is the combination of a conventional BIOS plus an independent Internet browser. Users would not need another OS to connect to the net. In other words, even if the OS is damaged or the hard drive dies, one can still get on-line. This new innovation will have many applications for both consumers and the vendors.
VIA's browser only uses a little more than 500 Kbytes of memory, which is less than 5% of Netscape Navigator or MS Internet Explorer. To host it together with the BIOS, a 4MB flash ROM will suffice. It's a cost effective solution with many benefits.
Besides PC motherboards, E-BIOS can and will be used extensively on IA products and other embedded solutions.