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VIA Announces Comprehensive Support for TPM Technology

VIA works with industry partners to enable a new generation of PCs equipped for safer computing

Taipei, Taiwan, 30 March 2006 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator and developer of silicon chip technologies and PC platform solutions, today announced cooperation with industry partners to ensure broad TPM support for VIA's market-leading lineup of chipset solutions for the Intel®, AMD, and VIA processor platforms.

Trusted Platform Module (TPM) technology is an industry effort aimed at reducing some of the risks facing modern day computing. Addressing issues such as data theft, unauthorized PC access, and unauthorized network access, the TPM standard incorporates a number of capabilities that will be increasingly important as businesses and users give greater priority to safe computing. The TPM architecture comprises a discrete module connected through the chipset South Bridge, with associated BIOS support. As a premium chipset provider, VIA has been working with industry partners to ensure leading TPM support to meet growing customer requirements.

Working with leading industry partners, VIA has validated STMicroelectronics TPM modules together with VIA's latest South Bridge solutions, and leading BIOS solutions from AMI and Insyde Software supporting TPM technology.

"Security is a growing concern for all PC users today, and with Trusted Platform Module technology the industry is working together to provide a fully packaged solution that addresses user concerns," commented Chewei Lin, Vice President of Product Marketing, VIA Technologies, Inc. "As the second largest chipset provider in the world, VIA is proud to be working with leading industry partners to offer our joint customers advanced TPM support for next generation OS and user requirements."

"STMicroelectronic's TPM modules deliver the stability, manageability, and security that form an optimal solution for next generation security requirements," commented Vincent Cousin, of STMicroelectronics Asia Pacific Digital Secure Access Business Unit. "As the first company to offer an integrated TCG 1.2 solution, STMicroelectonics' cooperation with VIA ensures our customers a comprehensive solution for the latest desktop and laptop PCs."

"Insyde's MobilePRO™ BIOS and UEFI InsydeH2O™ are ideal solutions for system developers looking to integrate TPM support providing high flexibility and attention to market requirements," commented Aven Chuang, Vice President of Marketing, Insyde Software. "In our partnership with VIA we can together offer full TPM support to meet expanding industry requirements."

"With the latest AMIBIOS®8 technology, AMI together with VIA's latest chipset solutions provide a solid platform for TPM support," commented Charles Hanes, Sales Director, American Megatrends Inc. "AMIBIOS offers a flexible, advanced, modular system software that can easily incorporate the latest TPM modules to ensure easy integration by customers."

About AMI

Founded in 1985, American Megatrends Inc. (AMI), best known for AMIBIOS, supplies state-of-the-art hardware, software and utilities to today's high-tech manufacturers. AMI, focused on IP Storage Area Networks (IP-SAN), Network Attached Storage (NAS), and Storage Management, also offers remote server management, KVM over IP, IPMI 2.0 firmware and high-density motherboards. AMI is a member of the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) and an Associate Member with the Intel® Communications Alliance, a community of communications and embedded developers and solution providers. Headquartered in Atlanta, AMI has locations in the U.S., China, Germany, India, Japan, Korea and Taiwan to better serve its customers. www.ami.com

About Insyde Software

Insyde Software (www.insydesw.com.tw) is a leading global provider of BIOS, firmware and consulting services for companies in the embedded computing, notebook and semiconductor industries. Founded in 1998, the company is publicly held and headquartered in Taipei, Taiwan with offices in Portland, OR, Southborough, MA and Seoul, Korea and is represented with sales, engineering and support partners in China, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan and the UK. Insyde Software customers include Acer, Compal, Fujitsu, Gateway, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Inventec, NEC, Nokia, Quanta, Sony, Toshiba, ViewSonic and Wyse. www.insydesw.com.tw

About STMicroelectronics

STMicroelectronics is a global leader in developing and delivering semiconductor solutions across the spectrum of microelectronics applications. An unrivalled combination of silicon and system expertise, manufacturing strength, Intellectual Property (IP) portfolio and strategic partners positions the Company at the forefront of System-on-Chip (SoC) technology and its products play a key role in enabling today's convergence markets. The Company's shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange, on Euronext Paris and on the Milan Stock Exchange. In 2004, the Company's net revenues were $8.76 billion and net earnings were $601 million. Further information on ST can be found at www.st.com

About VIA Technologies, Inc.

VIA Technologies, Inc. (TSE 2388) is the foremost fabless supplier of market-leading core logic chipsets, low power x86 processors, advanced connectivity, multimedia, networking and storage silicon, and complete platform solutions that are driving system innovation in the PC and embedded markets. Headquartered in Taipei, Taiwan, VIA's global network links the high tech centers of the US, Europe and Asia, and its customer base includes the world's top OEMs, motherboard vendors and system integrators. www.via.com.tw


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