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VIA and UK System Partners Launch World's First Carbon Free Personal Computers

VIA joins with leading UK-based system providers Evesham and Tranquil to launch computers ideal for organizations looking to reduce their Carbon Footprint

London, England, October 11, 2006 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator and developer of silicon chip technologies and PC platform solutions, today announced with partners Evesham Technology and Tranquil PC the world's first Carbon Free Computers based on the ultra energy-efficient VIA C7®-D processor platform.

As awareness of the effects of carbon dioxide (CO2) on global warming grows, individuals, governments, and organizations are searching for ways to reduce their Carbon Footprint, demanding better energy efficiency and greater environmental awareness in the ICT products they purchase. To meet this growing demand VIA has joined with leading UK system integrators Tranquil PC and Evesham Technology to launch the world's first Carbon Free personal computers, based on the VIA C7-D processor, the world's first carbon free processor launched last month.

The Evesham Carbon3 and Tranquil PC systems such as the new T7 bring together ultra-energy efficient operation and the offset of the CO2 emissions produced from the operation of the systems over their lifetime through investment in UK-based projects in energy conservation, reforestation, and alternative energy.

"Since its inception, the PC industry has been ramping up the MHz and the feeds, and today introducing more cores, all of which dramatically increase the electricity demands of not just the CPU, but all the other supporting components regardless of application necessity," commented Richard Brown, Vice President of Marketing, VIA Technologies, Inc. "Today together with Evesham and Tranquil, VIA is showing a different path for the industry, one that focuses on energy-efficient performance and environmental sustainability, while still meeting user demands."

"In the UK and EU we have seen a real shift in organizational demands where they are taking a serious look at the environmental impact of their IT infrastructure purchases," commented David J Thompson, CEO, Tranquil PC Ltd. "Tranquil has been an early leader in this area with our zerocarbon™ computing products, together with our traditional leadership in fanless computing."

"Building on our recent release of the 'All you need PC' focused on the UK Public Sector, today's launch of our first Carbon Free PCs based on the VIA C7-D processor is a natural progression in Evesham's product line for organizations focused on greater efficiencies and green awareness in their ICT purchases," commented Richard Austin, CEO, Evesham Technology Ltd.

Further information on the new carbon free systems may be found as follows:

About the VIA C7-D Desktop Processor Platform

Introduced as the world's first Carbon Free processor, the VIA C7-D is available at speeds of 1.5GHz and 1.8GHz, and offers a host of performance features such as StepAhead™ Advanced Branch Prediction, sixteen pipeline stages, support for SSE2 and the advanced SSE3 multimedia 3D instruction sets, a full-speed Floating Point Unit (FPU) and an efficiency-enhanced 128KB full-speed exclusive L2 cache with 32-way associativity for memory optimization. www.via.com.tw/en/products/processors/c7-d/

About the VIA Clean Computing Initiative

The VIA Clean Computing Initiative is a pioneering set of activities aimed at delivering computing products that are focused on the needs of the environment. The VIA Clean Computing Initiative encompasses a number of ground-breaking areas including VIA Carbon Free computing, Quiet computing, Lead Free/ROHS, and Solar Computing. www.via.com.tw/en/initiatives/greencomputing/

About Evesham Technology Ltd

Evesham Technology is a leading UK based provider of IT Solutions and Services. Evesham develops and assembles its own range of PCs, servers, notebooks and PDA's. Evesham PCs have become one of the highest award winning ranges of personal computers in the UK. www.lowestonweb.com is a subsidiary of Evesham Technology Ltd, specializing in peripherals and other IT related equipment. Evesham also has a Reseller Division offering Systems Integrators and Partners the opportunity to add value to their offering through the integration of Evesham's products into their own offering.

Evesham's strength lies in its very strong relationship with manufacturers and suppliers. Evesham partners with Intel, Microsoft and AMD to bring new, innovative products to market in the UK. It has a large presence in both the Local Government and Education sectors and is an approved Becta and OGC Catalist supplier. www.evesham.com

About Tranquil

Tranquil PC Ltd of England, are focused on the application of new technologies that combined, bring to the customer, silent, reliable, affordable, stylish and effective PC platforms. Although the primary emphasis is on the development of bespoke solutions for OEM partners, this has not excluded the supply of systems to smaller customers. Units can be configured for end users on line, at www.tranquilpc-shop.co.uk

The directors of Tranquil PC have over 20 years of experience in the electronics design and manufacturing industry. Since its formation early in 2003, Tranquil PC Ltd has already supplied numerous global clients with units for IT based activities (client / server), media applications (STB), nautical applications, advertising and promotional transport systems, industrial control, data logging, home and office use.

The future of computing must take into consideration the environment, and this is very much at the heart of the mission statement of Tranquil PC Ltd. All PCs must one day be silent, or near silent, and blend in with their surroundings, allowing the user to feel at ease with the technology - not suffer with it. www.tranquilpc.co.uk

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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