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S3 Announces New GPU, Magical Linux Driver

In addition to VIA announcing a register documentation drop and driver partnership, S3 Graphics, which is a VIA Technologies joint venture company, has announced a new graphics card. Earlier this year S3 announced the Chrome 440 GTX, but today's press release christens the Chrome 500 series. The Chrome 500 series is compatible with OpenGL 3.0 (and Microsoft DirectX 10.1) and is quite an affordable graphics card.
20 November 2008 - Plus Sub-$50 OGL 3.0 Graphics Card - 7 Comments

VIA Releases New X.Org Driver

Back in April at the Linux Foundation Collaboration Summit, VIA had announced an open-source initiative. However, not all open-source developers have been pleased with these actions by VIA seeing as they have let down the community in the past. It's even admitted VIA has been trying to copy some aspects of AMD's open-source strategy and have stopped open-source drivers in the past. To date though VIA has released a kernel frame-buffer driver and three programming guides (but one of them wasn't exactly new). Back in July though, VIA Technologies had appointed Harald Welte as its open-source liaison after they were evaluating their open-source role. Now VIA has released its first open-source X.Org driver.
30 August 2008 - VIA Releases xf86-video-via Driver - 9 Comments

VIA Publishes Three Programming Guides

Earlier this week we shared that VIA had appointed an open-source liaison to work on providing the community with documentation and source-code for their products and work to improve VIA's image within the Linux and open-source communities. Since VIA announced their open-source strategy earlier this year, all they had provided was a simple kernel frame-buffer driver. However, VIA has now made available three programming guides that cover their PadLock, CX700, and VX800/820 products. In total these three documents amount to about 800 (PDF) pages.
26 July 2008 - CX700, VX800, PadLock Programming Guides - 13 Comments

VIA Appoints An Open-Source Liaison

VIA's commitment to the open-source community has been everything but stellar. VIA Technologies has taken advantage of the open-source community before, and many are saying VIA is doing another open-source bluff. Back at the Linux Foundation Summit earlier this year, VIA had announced they were going open-source with documentation, open-source drivers, and the works. However, to this date most of what we have seen opened is just a simple fbdev driver.
24 July 2008 - Will This Do Any Good? - 24 Comments

VIA Evaluating Its Open-Source Role

Two months ago VIA Technologies had announced their intentions on joining the open-source bandwagon, but since that time we've seen little more than talk. The VIA Linux Portal was announced as a place for hosting "drivers, technical documentation, source code, and information regarding the VIA CN700, CX700/M, CN896 and the new VIA VX800 chipsets." However, this "Linux Portal" isn't anything more than a binary dungeon. There are a few binary-only VIA Linux drivers on that website and nothing more. There are bug tracking and forum sections on this website too, but they aren't yet established.
12 June 2008 - They Don't Know What To Do... - 4 Comments

VIA Launches Mini-ITX 2.0 Form Factor

If VIA didn't already have enough things going for it this week at Computex with the OpenBook, Nano Processor Family, and Chrome 440 GTX, they have just announced the Mini-ITX 2.0 Form Factor specification. Mini-ITX 2.0 is coming seven years after VIA originally created the Mini-ITX design. One interesting note about this form factor's design is that it mandates the system to have at least one PCI Express x16 slot. Major Linux distributions (Ubuntu, gOS, or SuSE) are also mentioned as being compatible with VIA's very-small-computing design. All the information on Mini-ITX 2.0 can be found on the VIA website
5 June 2008 - Another Computex Launch From VIA - 2 Comments

VIA Announces The Nano Processor

Two days ago VIA had announced the OpenBook UMPC reference design and today they are now announcing a new series of processors that is based upon their Isaiah architecture. The VIA Nano will be running up against Intel's recently announced Atom processors.
29 May 2008 - Not To Be Confused With Intel's Atom

VIA Announces The OpenBook

Just in time for Computex, VIA Technologies has announced the OpenBook, which is a new Ultra-Mobile PC (UMPC) they are offering to compete with Intel's Menlow UMPCs. Making the VIA OpenBook "open" is making the CAD files to the external panels on this notebook's reference design available under the Creative Commons license (so that distributors or end-users may easily customize this sub-notebook) and the OpenBook will ship with an unspecified selection of Linux distributions (gOS is likely one of them). However, if you want that VIA OpenBook to be a "ClosedBook", VIA will also be shipping Windows XP and Windows Vista on this product.
27 May 2008 - New VIA UMPC WIth Windows, Linux - 5 Comments

VIA Gives 16,434 Lines Of OSS Code

Back at the Linux Foundation Austin Summit, VIA had announced plans to develop a new open-source initiative in a similar fashion what AMD has been doing. However, in the weeks following that they haven't done much for the open-source community. As was highlighted in VIA's Open-Source Efforts A Bluff?, their Linux website just contains two binary drivers right now and not much of anything else -- not even bug tracking software or a mailing list. This has upset some, but fortunately VIA has stepped up to the plate and shown they are actually doing more than a media blitz.
8 May 2008 - VIA Provides Framebuffer Support

VIA CN800 IGP Launches

VIA Technologies has launched a new Chipset that supports DDR2 and PCI Express for their processing platform. The VIA CN800 IGP Chipset supports the VIA C7-D and supports PCI-E graphics, DDR2, UniChrome Pro graphics, and more. Information on today's announcement can be found here.
7 November 2006

VIA Stops Open-Source Drivers

If you weren't aware, VIA Technologies had previously opened up their Unichrome display drivers and had begun releasing the source code, though the quality of the drivers could be debated. However, it seems that the times have changed and VIA has reverted to providing new binary-only drivers. This was pointed out by Luc Verhaegen who is one of the SourceForge Unichrome Project developers. A thread is currently going in the Phoronix Forums to discuss this closed-source happening. Meanwhile we haven't heard anything from XGI Tech in quite a few months about their GNU GPL driver potential. Their last XGI Volari Linux display driver release happened back on January 2, 2006 when they had introduced Linux 2.6 kernel support.
6 November 2006

VIA C7-D Announced

VIA Technologies has announced the C7-D processor. This processor is carbon-free and continues in a path for power-efficient processor innovations. The VIA C7-D runs at 1.80GHz while only consuming 20 Watts. More information can be found at the product page.
13 September 2006

VIA P4M900 Chipset

Taipei, Taiwan, 30 May 2006 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator and developer of silicon chip technologies and PC platform solutions, today announced the VIA P4M900 chipset featuring the VIA Chrome9 Integrated Graphics Processor core, PCI Express connectivity and DDR2 memory support up to 667MHz for Intel processors, including the latest Intel Core Duo. Leveraging the power of the VIA Chrome9 graphics core with DirectX 9.0 and Pixel Shader 2.0 support for high quality video processing, the VIA P4M900 features VIA Chromotion, a powerful image enhancement technology providing a wide range of display options to deliver high quality images on many kinds of devices, including support for HDTV output formats up to 1920x1080p. With additional support for the latest PCI Express add-in graphics cards, the VIA P4M900 provides SIs and OEMs an unparalleled level of performance and flexibility to develop a wide range of next-generation systems in multiple market segments capable of taking advantage of the extended visual desktop experience Microsoft Windows Vista has to offer. VIA Press Release
30 May 2006

VIA Socket AM2 Chipsets

VIA has also come to the table this morning with an announcement of their AMD Socket AM2 support with their Chipsets. Among the VIA AM2-supportive Chipsets are the K8M890, K8T890, and K8T900. These Northbridges are in combination with the new VIA VT8251 Southbridge. No word yet on the Linux compatibility/performance, but we hope to be checking out a few VIA-powered AM2 motherboards soon. VIA's announcement can be found here. Optimized for a complete range of AMD Opteron, Athlon 64, Athlon 64 FX, and Sempron processors, VIA K8 Series chipsets include the widely acclaimed VIA K8T900 and K8T890 discrete solutions as well as the VIA K8M890 integrated graphics chipset.
23 May 2006

VIA PT890 Chipset

Taipei, Taiwan, 6 April 2006 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator and developer of silicon chip technologies and PC platform solutions, today announced the VIA PT890 chipset, further broadening VIA’s range of Microsoft Windows Vista-ready core logic solutions. The VIA PT890 Chipset for Intel CPUs support DDR1 as well as DDR2 and also supports PCI Express graphics. This Chipset is also part of VIA's unique Modular Architecture Platform (V-Map) strategy. We are working on getting engineering samples of motherboards with these supported Chipsets to gain a better understanding for its Linux compatibility and performance. In the mean time, here is the product page.
6 April 2006

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