S3 gaat samenwerken met VIA, bekend van de Super7 chipsets. Best wel opmerkelijk nieuws, aangezien er enige tijd geleden nog werd gesproken over samenwerking tussen S3 en Intel. Hier het nieuws van EETimes:
Once-mighty graphics accelerator vendor S3 Inc. and core-logic design house Via Technologies Inc. have announced an agreement to jointly develop combination core-logic and graphics chips for the explosive low end of the personal-computer market.
The move, the second of its kind in recent months, indicates the seriousness with which the chip industry is responding to plunging PC prices. It further suggests that the new market — in which "free" seems to be the only final offer — may ruthlessly punish those who have made performance their mandate.
Specifically, S3 and Via plan to collaborate on integrated products that will combine the graphics controller, frame buffer and north-bridge functions of a PC on one chip. The expected product line will support microprocessors from both Intel Corp. and Advanced Micro Devices Inc., and the first chips could be available by the second half.