|VIA's Strategic Business Ties and Design Talent:|
VIA has direct access to the leading manufacturers of virtually every PC component.
Great Fab Relationships – Now that VIA has become the only fabless vendor of x86 processors, world-class tools vendors and foundries recognize the marketing value in working with VIA. As one of TSMC's largest customers, VIA has ready access to the latest technologies and can help ensure that future processes are optimized for microprocessors. VIA's C7-M is currently shipping in IBM's 90nm SOI process, the same process technology used for IBM's high-end processors, including the CPU in the XBOX® 360.
Solid Customer Base - VIA has developed a world-class customer base. Major customers include Dell, IBM, HP, Toshiba and Sony, each of which has already demonstrated their desire for Intel-alternative chipsets.
Great Design Talent & Intellectual Property - VIA has successfully introduced market-leading chipsets for Pentium 4, Pentium III, and Athlon processors. VIA is now the 2nd-largest producer of Northbridge and Southbridge chipsets. VIA introduced the first Northbridge chipset with integrated AGP graphics and DVD hardware acceleration. VIA has a joint venture with S3, which will enable VIA to integrate high-performance graphics capabilities into its core logic products.
Centaur & VIA -- Owning the Value x86 CPU Market:
Centaur Technology - Centaur's elite team of engineers has been designing low-cost Pentium-compatible processors for over ten years, shipping eleven different processors, and enjoying the fastest design cycle in the industry.
Beneficial Relationship - The sale has not changed Centaur's unique culture because Centaur operates as an independent subsidiary of VIA. There have been many changes for the better. Centaur employees now enjoy great stock appreciation, and the satisfaction of designing processors that ship in the millions of units.