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VIA Announces UK Availability of VIA pc-1 Mainboards

VIA showcases power saving platforms at Techno-Footprint

Taipei, Taiwan, 29 November 2007 - VIA Technologies, Inc., a leading developer of PC platform solutions, today announced UK availability of its VIA pc2500 and pc3500 mainboards, which combine the world-beating power efficiency and hardware security of the advanced VIA C7-D desktop processor with the rich digital media feature set and enhanced connectivity of VIA chipsets to provide a flexible and high performance platform for building energy-efficient systems.

At the Techno-Footprint '07: ICT and Sustainability in the Public Sector Conference, to be held at the Church House Conference Centre in Westminster, London today, VIA will demonstrate how the mainboards enable the design of computers that not only reduce electricity costs but also associated carbon emissions.

"Increasingly, IT systems are forming a significant part of a modern public sector body's carbon footprint," said Richard Brown, Vice President of Corporate Marketing, VIA Technologies, Inc. "From thin clients to laptops, desktops and now the new ultra mobile devices, VIA processor platforms have built a reputation for leading performance per watt and cool operation, enabling systems that help organizations to reduce their impact upon the environment while stretching their budgets further."

The VIA pc-1 mainboards are available now available from Multithread through the retail website www.linitx.com, and other popular e-tail outlets such as www.infotechshop.co.uk, www.internetreadypcs.co.uk, and www.epcbuyer.com, while complete systems will be available shortly through Kudos in Scotland (www.kudos-systems.org.uk) and Brookestreet Ltd in Northern and Southern Ireland (www.brookestreet.com). For more details please contact the European Sales Manager at: edwinmasterson@via.com.tw."

Broad Industry Support

Highlighting the market demand for sustainable computing products, VIA processor platforms have attained global reach with design wins as far afield as China, both North and South America, Europe, and South Africa, with leading brands HP, Everex, and Systemax. To see the full range of design wins for the VIA C7-D desktop processor, including the recently released Everex Green gPC, please visit the VIA C7-D design wins page on the VIA website: http://www.via.com.tw/en/products/processors/c7-d/partner_products.jsp

About VIA Carbon Free Computing

With an average operating power of just 2 watts and an absolute maximum of 20 watts, the VIA C7-D desktop processor is designed to cater to a new breed of computer users interested in limiting the impact their actions have upon the environment. VIA worked with environmental experts to calculate the electricity used by the C7-D processor, and from that determined how much carbon dioxide will be produced as a result of electricity provided by fossil fuel burning power plants, finally working with regional organizations to offset that carbon dioxide through various regional projects.

Offsetting the carbon dioxide created through use of the C7-D processor is done through projects which fall into three broad categories:

  • Reforestation: Planting trees that absorb (sequester) carbon dioxide as they grow, in different areas around the world

  • AlternativeEnergy: By implementing projects utilizing alternative energy such as solar power, power plants don't need to burn as much fossil fuel, thereby reducing the amount of carbon dioxide released into the environment

  • Environmental Conservation: Projects aimed at protecting our environment through donations to recognized, reputable groups that work to preserve carbon-absorbing wetlands and other necessary ecosystems

"Since the introduction of our first processor in 2001, VIA has led the industry in the design of energy-efficient x86 platforms and has enabled new generations of low power computing devices," said Richard Brown, Vice President of Corporate Marketing, VIA Technologies, Inc. "By offsetting the CO2 from what is already a very power efficient component, we hope to provide a sustainable computing solution by which governments, enterprise and consumers can effectively reduce their carbon footprints."

VIA's most recent investment is in a 30.4MW wind farm in Turkey: Anemon Enerji. The new construction consists of a grid connecting 38 wind turbines and has anticipated electricity output of 108,000MWh per year, which is expected to reduce the equivalent of 74,700 tonnes of CO2 emissions each year. In the absence of income generated from investments such as that from VIA, operation of the wind farm and resulting environmental benefits, would be unachievable.

Anemon Enerji has been certified by The Gold Standard, a certification scheme that recognizes the best projects in the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), Joint Implementation (JI) and voluntary offset markets. Over 49 non governmental organizations, including Greenpeace, REEEP, and WWF International, endorse the Gold Standard method.

VIA has also invested in reforestation projects in the UK, and established solar powered ICT centers around the globe, including in Ulutogia, Samoa and Bourem Inaly, Mali. These projects not only benefit the environment by reducing the amount of CO2 emitted into the atmosphere, but serve the local communities with access to information, going some way towards bridging the information divide that exists in developing nations.

For more on VIA's carbon free projects, please see the Green Computing Initiative pages on the VIA website: http://www.via.com.tw/en/initiatives/greencomputing/.

The Green Lounge Video

A video explaining the concept behind the carbon free VIA C7-D desktop processor can be found at The Green Lounge (www.thegreenlounge.org), a VIA website dedicated to green computing that looks at all the latest news in this fast-growing area, along with images of the Anemon Enerji Wind Farm in the Gallery section:
http://www.thegreenlounge.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=49&Itemid=1

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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