Taipei, Taiwan, 9 July 2007 – VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator and developer of silicon chip technologies and PC platform solutions, and Mecer, one of South Africa’s leading PC manufacturers, today announced the new Mecer Education PC powered by the 1.5GHz VIA C7-D desktop processor.

Leveraging the energy efficiency of the VIA C7-D processor, ideally suited for Africa’s straining electricity infrastructure, the Mecer Education PC raises the bar of PC standards for academic use and highlights the diverse energy requirements of educational PCs for the African continent.

“Through the Mecer Education PC, we are further extending our VIA pc-1 mission to extend access to computing and communications to new users,” said Werner du Plessis, Business Development Manager for Africa, VIA Technologies, Inc. “By leveraging the advanced capabilities of the VIA C7-D processor, Mecer is able to offer its customers a leading edge desktop solution that delivers on the unique demands of the region with exceptional levels of energy efficiency and performance.”