VIA en S3 hebben aangekondigd een joint venture te zullen oprichten, met als doel het produceren van chipsets met ge´ntegreerde graphics controllers:
The joint venture will produce chipsets which incorporate S3's 3D graphics technology. Chipsets are a vital component used on the main circuit board of all PCs. PCs with graphics integrated into the chipset cost less than PCs which use a separate graphics chip. Increasing competition in the markets for both chipsets and graphics chips is encouraging companies to cooperate.
VIA and S3 are already manufacturing samples of the new chipset, said CEO Wen-Chi Chen, and would start mass production "early next year." Different versions of the chipset will be available to support desktop and notebook PCs. A version which supports Advanced Micro Devices' Athlon CPU is also under development. Potashner said his company planned to integrate its next generation graphics technology into VIA chipsets, as the technology is developed.
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