is a Taiwanese
manufacturer of integrated circuits
, mainly CPUs, memory
, and motherboards.
The company was founded in 1987 from the Symphony Company in Silicon Valley by among others Wen Chi Chen (who was employed at Intel before joining Symphony) who is still CEO of the company. Chen transfered the employees of Symphony to Taiwan to start chip production under financial support of The Formosa Plastics Group.
In 1996 VIA played a major part in the PC Common Architecture standard group, pushing the switch from the ISA bus to the PCI bus.
In 1999 it acquired Cyrix, then a division of National Semiconductor, marking their entry into the microprocessor market. They are the makers of the VIA C3 processor.
VIA is also a rail company in Canada.
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