VIA sales down in August (or is that up?)

Concrete results

Compared with, say, UK firms, VIA Technologies is unusually open about sales figures, publishing results each month.

So it's a little churlish to criticise the Taiwanese 'core logic designer' for attempting to tell us that sales were up 6.47 per cent in August. And so they were, compared with July 2002. But the more meaningful comparison is with August 2001, and that looks rather worse, with sales down 31.1 per cent year-on-year from US$81.92m to US$ 56.44m.

VIA sales in 2002 so far have fallen around 30 per cent on 2001. Chipset sales are down and still there is no sign of a rapprochement with Intel over P4 licenses.

Revenues from new product lines are not coming in fast enough for replacement. However the company says it is beginning to see 'concrete results' from its roster of integrated low-cost, low-power PCs and other connectivity devices.

Today, for instance, it trumpeted a design win to supply the C3 processor for Microtel's ultra-cheap PCs for walmart.com. ®