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VIA Announces Comprehensive AMD Chipset Support for Socket AM2 Transition

VIA delivers full line of solutions for upcoming range of AMD products including the latest AMD Athlon™ 64 FX-62 and AMD Athlon™ 64 X2 5000+ dual-core processors

Taipei, Taiwan, 23 May 2006 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator and developer of silicon chip technologies and PC platform solutions, today announced top-to-bottom chipset solutions supporting the transition to socket AM2 by AMD (NYSE: AMD).

To accommodate the latest platform features and rising system bandwidth requirements, AMD's transition to socket AM2 will enable a new wave of innovation on AMD64 based systems featuring AMD Virtualization and high-performance DDR2 memory. Supporting this transition, VIA offers a wide range of chipset solutions that are fully compatible with socket AM2 platforms, including the VIA K8M890, ideal for Windows Vista™-ready systems, and the VIA K8T900 performance chipset with dual X8 PCI Express support.

"VIA is proud to continue our strong collaboration with AMD and support their continued leadership with the acclaimed line of AMD Athlon™ 64 and AMD Sempron™ processors," commented Chewei Lin, Vice President of Product Marketing, VIA Technologies, Inc. "With leading top-to-bottom solutions for the AMD platform, VIA is well positioned to strengthen our standing as a premier supplier of solutions for the AMD platform."

"By enabling a top-to-bottom transition of our AMD Athlon 64 FX, AMD Athlon 64 X2, AMD Athlon 64 and AMD Sempron product lines around socket AM2 and by working jointly with allies like VIA, we can maintain our competitive edge through technology leadership and the benefits delivered to customers," said Bob Brewer, corporate vice president, Desktop Division, AMD. "With VIA's full range of chipsets compatible with socket AM2 platforms, we feel very confident we can offer customer-focused solutions through open industry standards and leading-edge technologies.

About the VIA K8 Series Chipsets

Optimized for a complete range of AMD Opteron, Athlon 64, Athlon 64 FX, and Sempron processors, VIA K8 Series chipsets include the widely acclaimed VIA K8T900 and K8T890 discrete solutions as well as the VIA K8M890 integrated graphics chipset.

VIA’ latest chipset the VIA K8M890, is designed to meet the requirements of the upcoming Windows® Vista™ operating system and rising high definition video requirements. Integrating support for the latest PCI Express graphics cards and high speed peripheral devices, the VIA K8M890 chipset forms a powerful platform for leading OEMs and System Integrators looking to build the next generation of mass market PCs.

In combination with the latest VIA VT8251 South Bridge the VIA K8 Series chipsets offers leading edge connectivity with support for an additional two x1 PCI Express connections, four SATA 3.0Gb/s connections with VIA V-RAID support, and the VIA Vinyl Audio suite including support for High Definition audio.

For further information about VIA K8 Series chipsets please visit the VIA website at:
http://www.via.com.tw/en/products/chipsets/

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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