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VIA centres sights on .13 micron Samuel II

Cyrix III + Savage 4 + Pro-133X on single chip still on track

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VIA will focus more closely on low-power processors next year in a bid to beat off the blues induced by the global slowdown in PC sales.

That way, the company hopes to take ten per cent of the global CPU market - amounting to around 15 million microprocessors - which it reckons will push its processor production operation into profit, according to a company official cited in a report by Taiwanese business paper the Commercial Times.

VIA's plans centre on a shift to 0.15 and 0.13 micron production, particularly with its WinChip-derived Samuel II CPU. Production will be brought back to Taiwan - primarily through a fabrication deal with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC). It hopes the move will cut costs, and that in turn will push it into profitability.

The company will also roll out an integrated CPU based on the Cyrix III and wrapping in its Pro-133X and Savage 4 graphics chipsets. That's due to ship during Q2 2001. However, its higher-end integrated chip, above the current MII and also based on the Cyrix III, has now been scrapped. The reason? Intel's decision to knock its own integrated chip, Timna, on the head. ®

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