Tj: The Intel 820 chipset relies heavily on the success and adoption of RAMBUS,which has proven to be unfavourable due to exorbitant prices. Has Intel shot themselves in the foot by relying too much on RAMBUS? If the prices of RAMBUS does plummet and become viable, will VIA support it? Where does VIA see the memory industry going?
Richard Brown: We believe that the mainstream memory this year will be PC133, and that it will migrate to DDR 266 in 2001. RAMBUS memory will still be available, but we think that its market share will remain low because of the cost.
Tj: VIA is intensely supporting AMD in the Ahtlon effort by developing the KX133. But VIA is also developing the Joshua processor. Wouldn't the support of Athlon hurt the success of Joshua? When Joshua is released, will VIA continue to support AMD by supplying chipsets?
Richard Brown: VIA regards AMD as a very close strategic partner and we are 110% committed to supporting the Athlon processor with our chipsets - now and in the future. Athlon is a great processor which is positioned in the performance segment of the market while Joshua is firmly targeted at the Value segment, so there are no potential market conflicts.