VIA sees no future in chipsets for AMD and Intel

Posted on Monday, Aug 11 2008 @ 22:06 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
This doesn't really come as a surprise but Custom PC heard from a VIA marketing chap that the firm will no longer make chipsets for third parties like Intel and AMD. Instead, VIA will now fully focus on the development of x86 processors and the integrated motherboard market.
Speaking to Custom PC, VIA’s vice president of corporate marketing in Taiwan, Richard Brown, explained that: ‘One of the main reasons we originally moved into the x86 processor business was because we believed that ultimately the third party chipset market would disappear, and we would need to have the capability to provide a complete platform.’

‘That has indeed come to pass,’ said Brown. He also added that ‘Intel provides the vast majority of chipsets for its processors and, following its purchase of ATI, AMD is also moving very quickly in the same direction.’

Rumours about VIA quitting the chipset business started to surface towards the end of last year, when DigiTimes alleged that the former president and general manager of VIA’s platform business, Chewei Lin, planned to resign and take 40 VIA chipset technicians over to ASMedia, a subsidiary of Asustek.

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