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Phitronics Starts Production of VIA pc2500 Mainboards in Brazil

Becomes first Brazilian firm to manufacture and ship the power-saving boards for the domestic market

Taipei, Taiwan, December 10, 2007 - Further strengthening its leadership in providing the world's most energy-efficient computing platforms, VIA Technologies, Inc. today announced that its new Brazilian partner, Phitronics, has started to manufacture VIA pc2500 mainboards in Brazil and make them available country-wide through local distribution partners.

Phitronics is an established mainboard-maker based in Manaus, Brazil, and will deliver the first shipments of the power-saving mainboards to the market this month. It also plans to aggressively ramp up production over the next few months to meet the growing demand for energy-efficient computing platforms.

The VIA pc2500 mainboard is based on a 1.5GHz VIA C7-D processor that uses up to 76% less power than competing desktop processors, making it ideal for Brazil, where electricity prices are among the highest in the world. Specially designed to use electrical power more efficiently than traditional desktop platforms, the VIA pc2500 mainboard can help decrease carbon emissions and electricity bills.

Fully compatible with Microsoft Windows XP and a wide range of operating systems, the VIA pc2500 Mainboard boasts market-leading power, security and performance characteristics for all popular productivity, education and entertainment applications. The combination of full-featured computing with unrivaled power efficiency is expected to appeal to schools, businesses and government offices throughout Brazil, as well as individual users.

"VIA is delighted to work closely with Phitronics to bring these power-saving VIA pc2500 mainboards to Brazil," commented Richard Brown, Vice President of Corporate Marketing, VIA Technologies, Inc. "The relatively high cost of electrical power in Brazil means that this mainboard is ideal for people and organizations who want to save money, and it also helps to reduce carbon emissions caused by the process of generating electrical power."

"By manufacturing these power-saving mainboards of VIA, we are achieving our objective of supporting the Brazilian Government's PC Connectado program, which aims to bring a PC to every household in Brazil," said Jean Charles Dreyfus, Director of Phitronics.

VIA pc2500 mainboards are available now in Brazil through distributors SND and Myatech, resellers Compulink Informatica (ATX), and system integrators Sunsix and Bitway.

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, 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, 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 the VIA pc2500 Mainboard

The VIA pc2500 mainboard is based on the 1.5GHz VIA C7-D processor, the world's first carbon free computer component; an ultra power efficient processor based on the 'Esther' core that includes support for the efficient VIA V4 bus and an extensive feature set within the StepAhead™ Technology Suite.

The VIA pc2500 mainboard supports up to 2GB of DDR2 SDRAM memory and is based on the VIA CN700 digital media chipset featuring the VIA UniChrome IGP core, with hardware MPEG-2 video decoding acceleration up to HD-DVD and integrated 128-bit 2D/3D graphics engine and an AGP8X interface.

The VIA VT8237R plus South Bridge provides support for dual Serial ATA drives and multi-configuration RAID through the VIA DriveStation™ utility, up to eight USB 2.0 ports (4 ports and 4 onboard connectors), two PCI slots for easy system expansion and 10/100 Fast Ethernet for seamless broadband networking. DuoView™ supports dual CRT or LCD displays for enhanced productivity, while two video capture ports and picture-in-picture functionality provide multi-channel capability.

For further information on the VIA pc2500 Mainboard, please visit:
http://www.via.com.tw/en/initiatives/empowered/pc2500_mainboard/index.jsp

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 and networking 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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