VIA Area, a popular destination for VIA support, has published an article look at the relationship between AMD and VIA that existed for quite some time.
In the previous month, March 1997, VIA and AMD had embarked on a closer relationship with the signing of the Chipset Technology Agreement paving the way for VIA to provide premier support for the latest AMD processors. With the launch of the AMD K6 Processor, VIA brought to market the VIA Apollo VP2 and VP3 chipsets. The VP line of chipsets from VIA were widely recognized by leading international IT publications as the highest performing Socket-7 chipsets, with cutting edge features such as support for 66MHz FSB, up to 2MB of L2 cache, and 512MB of DRAM. In June, VIA launched the MVP3 chipset.