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11-18-2003, 10:20 AM
Las Vegas, Nevada, 17 November 2003 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator and developer of silicon chip technologies and PC platform solutions, and Video Without Boundaries (OTCBB: VDWB), a leading provider of interactive, media-convergent home entertainment devices, today announced the debut of the MediaReady™ 4000 Internet/DVD player home media center at a press event held in Las Vegas on Monday and Tuesday, 17-18 November.

Based on the highly-acclaimed VIA EPIA M10000 Mini-ITX mainboard and the MediaREADY operating system, the MediaReady 4000 is one of the world's first smart consumer set-top devices, delivering DVD/MPEG-1/MPEG-2/MPEG-4 playback, feature-rich TV, Internet browsing, email, karaoke, and CD/MP3 playback with local and networked digital storage. In addition, the MediaREADY unit doubles as a living room PC, allowing consumers to manage all their home audio and videos, and access streaming audio/video over the Internet on a single, small form factor, low power, intelligent home entertainment device.

“The MediaREADY 4000 Series represents the next generation of convergence devices and is a strong contender for a dominant play within the home electronics marketplace,” said Richard Brown, Associate Vice President of Marketing for VIA Technologies, Inc. “The rich feature set of the compact VIA EPIA M-Series Mini-ITX mainboard brings the power and flexibility of a PC into the living room, and gives a clear product advantage to the MediaREADY 4000 over other convergence products on the market.”

With its integrated VIA C3 processor and the VIA CLE266 chipset featuring a built-in MPEG-2 decoder and integrated UniChrome 2D/3D graphics for smooth DVD playback and a rich digital media experience, the VIA EPIA M10000 Mini-ITX mainboard delivers all the power and performance necessary for the demanding multimedia applications of the MediaREADY 4000. Digital media generated by the consumer is accommodated through high-bandwidth connectivity options, including IEEE1394 and USB2.0, as well as S-Video and RCA TV-Out (NTSC & PAL), and 10/100 Ethernet for seamless broadband connectivity.

“The VIA EPIA M10000 has enabled the MediaREADY 4000 product series to support a wide variety of functionality and scalability to our current and future OEM customers,” said Jeffrey Harrell, president, Video Without Boundaries. “Our use of VIA’s platform technologies allows consumers to take advantage of the latest online music and video streaming & downloading services and supports various system upgrades to support new media-centric and online gaming services in the near future.”

MediaREADY 4000 Availability

The MediaREADY 4000 is available for OEM and private-label customers, and features a flexible core platform design that makes it easy for consumer electronics companies to respond to an ever-evolving market by enabling easy customization and upgrades.

For more information about OEM and private-label manufacturing options of MediaReady products, please visit www.vwbinc.com. To request an evaluation unit for OEM or retail use, contact VWB at [email protected] or call (954) 973-1233.

About the VIA EPIA M10000 Mini-ITX Mainboard

The VIA EPIA M10000 Mini-ITX Mainboard is the second generation 17cm x 17cm platform optimized for today’s killer digital video and audio and more complex processor intensive applications, and is compatible with Microsoft Windows 2K/ME/XP and a variety of Linux-based operating systems. Featuring the 1GHz VIA C3™ processor with enhanced digital media performance, and the VIA CLE266 chipset with an embedded MPEG-2 decoder and the integrated UniChrome 2D/3D graphics core, the VIA EPIA M10000 provides smooth DVD playback and a rich overall entertainment experience.

With the sizable memory bandwidth of DDR266 SDRAM and the high data transfer speeds of ATA/133, the VIA EPIA M10000 ensures the high performance levels required of today’s most popular digital media and productivity applications. The user’s digital media experience is further enhanced by support for 6-channel surround sound, courtesy of the onboard VIA Vinyl Six-TRAC Audio. The latest in high-bandwidth connectivity is supported with IEEE1394 and USB2.0 connections provided, as well as S-Video and RCA TV-Out (NTSC & PAL) and 10/100 Mbps Fast Ethernet for seamless broadband connectivity. The VIA EPIA M10000 also offers support for the latest LVDS embedded LCD panels, has one PCI slot for expandability options, and is compatible with a full range of Mini-ITX chassis as well as FlexATX and MicroATX enclosures.

For more information on the full range of VIA EPIA M-Series Mini-ITX mainboards please visit: www.viaembedded.com/product/epia_m_spec.jsp?motherboardId=81.

About Video Without Boundaries

Video Without Boundaries (OTC Bulletin Board: VDWB - News) is a leader in the converging digital media on demand, enhanced home entertainment and emerging interactive consumer electronics markets. VWB is focused on home entertainment media products and solutions that enhance the consumer experience, while providing new revenue opportunities for online music and movie content providers. VWB, and its subsidiaries, are leading suppliers of broadband products, services and content including its ability to deliver broadcast quality digital video and web interactivity at transfer rates as low as 56K. Website: www.vwbinc.com.

About VIA Technologies, Inc.

VIA Technologies, Inc. is the foremost fabless supplier of market-leading core logic chipsets, low power x86 processors, advanced connectivity, multimedia, networking and storage silicon, and complete platform solutions that are driving system innovation in the PC and embedded markets. Headquartered in Taipei, Taiwan, VIA’s global network links the high tech centers of the US, Europe and Asia, and its customer base includes the world’s top OEMs, motherboard vendors and system integrators. VIA is listed on the Taiwan Stock Exchange (TSE2388) and achieved annual revenues of over US$720 million in 2002. www.via.com.tw