VIA Sees Explosive Growth for Connected Clients

With 50% market share, VIA is driving Connected Client adoption with leading technologies that strengthen security, improve manageability and lower the total cost of ownership for enterprise

Taipei, Taiwan, 18 December 2006 – VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator and developer of silicon chip technologies and PC platform solutions, today announced that Connected Clients are rapidly emerging as a viable answer to current global IT management challenges, a view supported in a new IDC whitepaper sponsored by VIA*, and that VIA as a primary platform provider to this market is helping drive clients into mainstream enterprise.

Connected Clients are computing devices designed to leverage the infrastructure and security benefits of server-based “software as a service” architecture to enable effective application execution and office productivity without the need of legacy PC technologies such as hard drives. While the majority of this burgeoning market currently comprises traditional desktop thin clients, innovative devices that also reflect this design philosophy include Ultra-mobile PCs, Diskless PCs and Mobile Clients, such as the new notebook-style clients from Citrix, DevonIT, Hitachi and Neoware.

IDC’s Bob O’Donnell, Program VP Clients and Displays, noted that worldwide thin client shipments in 2005 exceeded 2.3 million units, representing growth of 42% over the prior year, with market size expected to reach over 6 million units by 2010.

“Connected client devices are ideally suited for server-based applications because they provide enough computing horsepower to provide a quality experience, while at the same time, offering a simple, easily manageable footprint,” continued Bob O’Donnell of IDC. “Connected client devices can also be equally effective with some of the new application and image streaming software services that are becoming available from companies such as Microsoft, Wyse, Neoware and others.”

“We are pleased that IDC sees the real benefits of Connected Clients for enterprise computing and recognizes VIA as a market leader in silicon products to this innovative product category,” commented Richard Brown, Vice President of Corporate Marketing, VIA Technologies, Inc. “VIA’s design philosophy has always been to integrate advanced technologies that deliver real benefits in a energy-efficient package to enable the creation of computing devices that run cooler and more efficiently with ultra-compact form factors, and Connected Clients embody this.”

A leading silicon provider to the Connected Client category, VIA offers a complete range of highly power efficient processor platform solutions, providing manufacturers and SIs with greater design flexibility and power performance plus a rich array of features and options including the world’s most advanced x86 security, dual monitor support, extensive connectivity including full wireless support and efficient network bandwidth, enabling ultra-compact and highly portable form factors and quiet computing.

*IDC White Paper sponsored by VIA, Connected Clients: The New Enterprise Reality, #204065, Oct 2006

The IDC whitepaper is available for download on the VIA website at:
www.via.com.tw/en/downloads/whitepapers/initiatives/connected-client/IDC_WP061023_ConnectedClients.pdf

About the VIA Connected Client Initiative

The VIA Connected Client Initiative is designed to educate enterprise on connected client computing as a practical, cost effective solution to global I.T. management challenges. Thin clients and other connected client devices leverage the infrastructure and security benefits of the server-based “software as a service” architecture to execute streamed applications and central data storage. This innovative and cost effective approach to network computing enables enterprise to simplify its I.T. infrastructure, improve manageability and strengthen data security, as well as realize greater ROI. Building on its strength as premier silicon provider to this market, VIA is taking a leadership role in promoting both the architecture and how VIA Connected Client platform solutions can further enhance the benefits and savings. More information on this initiative may be found at the VIA website:http://www.via.com.tw/en/initiatives/connectedclient/

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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