VIA Technologies and S3 Graphics Announce VIA ProSavage KN133 Integrated Mobile Graphics Chipset
--Enabling performance and value for the new mobile AMD Athlon™ 4 and new mobile AMD DuronTM processors--
LONDON, ENGLAND --
S3 Graphics, Inc. and VIA Technologies, Inc. today jointly launched the ProSavage KN133. Known informally as 'TwisterK', the ProSavage KN133 is the world's first fully integrated SMA (shared memory architecture) chipset developed specifically for AMD's new mobile AMD Athlon™ 4 and AMD Duron™ processors.
The VIA ProSavage KN133 combines the feature rich 2D/3D graphics capabilities of the acclaimed S3® Savage4® graphics core with VIA's KT133A's advanced North Bridge features, such as 200/266MHz Front Side Bus and PC100/133MHz SDRAM support. Building on VIA's leadership position in socket A desktop SMA chipsets, the new VIA ProSavage KN133 brings important mobile attributes such as integrated DSTN support, integrated Dual Channel LVDS, full PowerNow 2.0 support and is configured for AMD's new lower voltage CPU's.
The VIA ProSavage KN133 is aimed at the thin and light, ultra portable, entry level and mainstream sectors of the mobile marketplace, where its SMA features including extremely low power consumption, integrated memory configuration, full ACPI compliance, and highly integrated nature save real estate on the motherboard, reduce thermal considerations and reduce cost, enabling the manufacture of smaller, thinner and lighter laptops with increased battery life.
"VIA and AMD working closely together over many years have created a partnership which has brought many high quality, exciting and technologically advanced products to market" said WenChi Chen, President and CEO of VIA Technologies. "The VIA ProSavage KN133 is further proof of this and is the first of many leadership SMA products to come from VIA for the laptop market place."
"Today's introduction of the now shipping VIA ProSavage KN133 mobile chipset is great news for AMD," said Richard Heye, Vice President, Platform Engineering & Infrastructure, Computation Products Group of Advanced Micro Devices. "This feature-rich, low-cost mobile SMA chipset is another example of the VIA-AMD partnership which is committed to deliver the best solutions to our customers. The KN133 will further enhance the adoption of our new mobile AMD Athlon™ 4 and new mobile AMD Duron™ processors in the notebook markets."
About S3 Graphics, Inc.
S3 Graphics, Inc. ("S3 Graphics"), a joint venture between VIA Technologies and SONIC|blue Incorporated ("SONIC|blue") specializes in providing the complete graphics solution for PCs, with a range of discrete and integrated graphics chipsets for the mobile and desktop markets. The joint venture combines S3 Graphics' cutting-edge graphics and video capabilities with VIA's market-leading core logic chipset technology. S3 Graphics has already shipped a number of joint venture products including ProSavage™ PM133™ and ProSavage™ KM133™ for the integrated desktop market and Twister™, the world's first integrated mobile chipset. With a firm focus on R&D, S3 Graphics is working towards an exciting and aggressive roadmap of future product releases.
About VIA Technologies, Inc.
VIA Technologies, Inc. ("VIA") is the world's leading fabless supplier of PC core logic chipsets, microprocessors, and multimedia and communications chips. VIA delivers value to the PC industry by designing, marketing, and selling high-performance VIA Apollo™ core logic chipsets for the full range of PC platforms, as well as cost-effective VIA C3™ processors for Value PCs and Internet Appliances. Its customers include the world's top OEMs, mainboard manufacturers, and system integrators. VIA is headquartered in Taipei, Taiwan, at the center of the Greater China high-tech manufacturing engine, and has branch offices in the US, China and Europe. The company is listed on the Taiwan Stock Exchange (TSE2388), and achieved annual revenues of nearly US$1 billion in 2000.
About SONICblue Incorporated
A leader in the converging Internet, digital media and consumer device markets, SONIC|blue holds significant financial assets, global marketing capabilities and a focused technology portfolio that includes Rio® digital audio players, HomeFree™ home networking solutions, Diamond™Internet access products and frontpath™ Information Appliances.
VIA and Cyrix are registered trademarks of VIA Technologies, Inc.; S3 Graphics, Savage, ProSavage, PM 133, and KM 133 are trademarks of S3 Graphics, Inc.; Twister and Apollo are trademarks of VIA Technologies, Inc.; SONICblue, HomeFree and frontpath are trademarks of SONIC|blue Incorporated.
Except for historical information contained herein, the matters set forth in this press release, such as S3 Graphics' industry leadership, Twister and TwisterK's performance and functionality improvements, superior memory features and ability to take notebook performance to the next level are forward-looking statements that are subject to risk and uncertainties, including the ability of SONIC|Blue and VIA Technologies to finish the smooth transition of the graphics chip operations to the joint venture, the ability of S3 Graphics to work with its strategic partners and S3 Graphics' strategic partners' business objectives, the impact of competitive products and pricing and of alternative technological advances, the ability of S3 Graphics to timely introduce products that address market demands, and other risks detailed from time to time in SONIC|Blue's SEC reports, including its quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2001. SONIC|Blue is a registered trademark. Other marks referenced herein are the property of their respective owners.