The inquirer meldt dat de omzet van VIA's chipsets in maart bijna gehalveerd is. Volgens VIA is de zwakke PC-markt de oorzaak van de slechte verkopen. Het Taiwanese bedrijf hoopt op betere tijden voor de tweede helft van dit jaar, ondanks de prijsoorlog die het met SiS en Intel uitvecht.
The announcement underlines concern in the Taiwanese motherboard business during March that sales were not continuing to be as strong as they had originally hoped at the beginning of the year. Via's Taiwanese rival SIS said that its sales of chipsets supporting the Pentium 4 have grown a fair bit over the first quarter of this year.
Via has Pentium 4 chipsets but does not have a licence from Intel – prompting tit-for-tat litigation between both of them. However, as we pointed out earlier, Via's subsidiary HTC has a close relationship with Intel, using its StrongARM processors to make PDAs for the ridiculously named British Telecom O2 spinoff, amongst other OEMs, including the Big Q.