VIA, that once famous company which has petered out in the North American market is back in the news. According to DigiTimes they recently joined forces with a firm owned by the Chinese government and is now moving production over to new facilities. VIA has only 20% of this new joint venture which could signal the final end to their existence as a producer of x86 processors. The move could be influenced by Intel, who license both the PCIe and x86 technology to VIA but this is deemed unlikely as Intel would like to stay on the Chinese governments good side. The current Nano and V7 are Vista capable and appear in mobile devices in the AP region.
"VIA Technologies is rumored to have started shifting its x86 CPU technologies and related personnel to its newly formed IC design joint venture with a China government-owned investment firm, according to market watchers, adding that VIA recently notified clients that it will stop supplying x86 processors temporarily."
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