VIA Launches New Initiative to Drive Connected Client Computing in the Enterprise

VIA Technology Forum 2006 track to define strategies for overcoming today’s enterprise computing challenges and highlighting the benefits of VIA Connected Client platforms

Taipei, Taiwan, June 5 2006 – VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator and developer of silicon chip technologies and PC platform solutions, today announced the VIA Connected Client Initiative designed to educate enterprise on connected client computing as a practical, cost effective solution to global I.T. management challenges; this will also be the focus of a dedicated technology track at this year’s VTF, taking place in Taipei on Thursday 8th June.

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.

“We believe this will be a breakthrough year for connected client computing, as businesses look to replace their PCs while seeking more effective ways of combating the security nightmare and the problems of keeping their workforce connected,” said Richard Brown, Vice President of Marketing, VIA Technologies, Inc. “As the major silicon supplier to the world’s top client vendors, including HP, Neoware and Wyse, VIA is strategically placed to drive connected client computing into the commercial world.”

Targeted at high-end, mobile and mainstream clients, VIA Connected Client platforms are powered by the highly power efficient VIA Eden and VIA C7 processors paired with VIA C-Series digital media chipsets and an optional VIA VT6656 wireless solution. By taking full advantage of its industry leading power efficiency, hardware security and distributed performance, VIA’s complete and flexible platform solutions enable client device designs with a maximum power consumption of less than 16 watts, and double the performance per watt of competing solutions.

Products based on VIA Connected Client platforms offer a rich suite of features, including the world’s most advanced x86 hardware based security – the VIA PadLock Security Engine – to protect corporate data using military-grade security with no hit on performance, VIA UniC IGP Pro graphics with built-in MPEG-2 acceleration, and the C-Motion CE engine for smooth videoconferencing, as well as VIA Vinyl Multichannel Audio for crystal clear sound reproduction, and Duoview dual monitor support for enhanced productivity.

“Our customers recognize that VIA Connected Clients platforms offer them a complete, secure and powerful solution that enhances the benefits of a server based architecture, one that enables their customers to achieve real dollar savings on TCO,” said Epan Wu, Deputy Director, CPU Product Marketing, VIA Technologies, Inc. “This puts us in a unique position to be able to support our customers in promoting connected client computing to companies and government organizations around the world.”

VTF2006 Connected Client Computing Technology Track

On Thursday 8th June, at the VIA Technology Forum event being held in Taipei, Taiwan, key industry partners will look at enterprise technology challenges and trends, and how Connected Client Computing can help to overcome these challenges. Comprising presentations by HP, Citrix, IDC, ASE as well as VIA, this technology track will attract regional CIOs and IT managers from a wide variety of industry sectors, as well as other industry and media representatives.

There will also be a showcase of a number of connected client devices from the world’s leading client device ODMs, reflecting the strong presence of VIA Connected Client Platforms in the industry.

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.

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