VIA Announces the Envy24HT-S Audio Controller Driving 8-Channel Soundcards into the Mainstream

VIA Envy24HT-S based Soundcards now available through CompUSA™, Micro Center™ and Datavision™ outlets across the US, delivering 8-channel performance with crisp bit-for-bit accurate fidelity that only VIA Envy controllers can deliver

Taipei, Taiwan, 15 September 2003 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator and developer of silicon chip technologies and PC platform solutions, today announced the VIA Envy24HT-S Audio Controller that is powering a new generation of high fidelity soundcards with the best feature set in their class.

The VIA Envy24HT-S Audio Controller is tailored for the mainstream soundcard market with leading feature support for the latest 8-channel DVD audio tracks enabling perfect home theatre performance. With support for 24-bit 192kHz digital inputs and outputs, and 20-bit/48KHz analog connections, soundcards based on the VIA Envy24HT-S will enable the highest level of format support, lightning gaming performance, and stellar audio quality.

“For VIA Audio, the Envy24HT-S really completes our product line-up,” commented Steve Chen, Executive Assistant to the CEO, VIA Technologies, Inc. “With solutions ranging from the Envy24 at the very high end, to our Vinyl Audio solutions like the Envy24PT and Six-TRAC, the Envy24HT-S further demonstrates VIA’s commitment to the audio market in delivering features and performance that are accessible to a wider range of PC users.”

Soundcards based on the VIA Envy24HT-S will be available immediately for purchase. In the U.S., cards developed by Mad Dog Multimedia™ are already on sale in CompUSA, Micro Center, and Datavision stores across the country; Chaintech will be offering their AV-710 Soundcard online at www.newegg.com, while in the Asia Pacific region, AVLabs™ will also be offering cards featuring the VIA Envy24HT-S Audio Controller.

Pricing and Availability

Envy24HT-S pricing available upon request

Chaintech’s AV-710 Soundcard is priced at US$27.00 through www.newegg.com.

About Mad Dog Multimedia, Inc.

Established in 2001, Mad Dog Multimedia, Inc. has become a leading manufacturer and a supplier of NVIDIA based graphic cards, digital sound cards and optical storage devices sold through major Retail Chains. In addition, the company has launched a complete line of PC accessories oriented towards the PC enthusiast sold under the brand name “Techie Toyz.” The company is proud of the fact that its success has come through its driving philosophy of “uncompromising excellence” leading to finely engineered products and outstanding customer service. Headquartered in San Diego, CA, Mad Dog maintains a logistics and technical support facility in Orem, Utah. For additional information, contact Karen McCauley at kmccauley@mdmm.com or visit the company’s website at www.mdmm.com.



About Chaintech

Chaintech Computer Co, LTD, the leading motherboard, graphic card and IA manufacturer, was established in 1986. In the past 17 years, Chaintech has devoted to develop the most innovative and customer-oriented products based on our most professional and experienced R&D team. Pioneered by our R&D team, everyone in Chaintech faces the dynamic and exhilarating IT market with alertness and global view. Chaintech staffs work based on the principle of keeping everything the most up-to-date. Year 2002, Chaintech has won the battle in the retail market by introducing APOGEE and ZENITH series motherboards which highly impressed worldwide media and end users. Chaintech will carry out its mission to create the infinite possibilities of technology and chain the innovation with humanity Chaintech HQ was based in Taipei Taiwan and have 5 other branches in the Netherlands, France, the United States, China, and Korea. Please visit www.chaintech.com.tw for more information.

About AVLabs

AVLab’s mission is to provide innovative Audio & Video peripherals, with world class packaging and brand representation. By providing a Unique Product Range that connects to the Gaming and Entertainment Community and forming Strategic Relationships with a focus on expanding Audio/ Video and PC consumer convergence AVLabs is a unique team of experienced and professional "Young Guns" with a real understanding of our field and it's products. For additional information, contact Boyd Dainton at boyd@innovision.com.au or visit the company’s website at www.avlabs.net

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