VIA Joins Gaming Elite at QuakeCon 2003

Demonstrating continued support for the gaming community, VIA is again a key sponsor of the QuakeCon LAN gaming convention, and will display an impressive line-up of the latest generation of high performance hardware

Mesquite, Texas and Taipei, Taiwan, 4 August 2003, - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator and developer of silicon chip technologies and PC platform solutions, today announced Key Sponsorship of QuakeCon 2003, the USA’s largest fan-based LAN gaming event, being held in Dallas, Texas, during August 14-17, 2003.

Showcasing its technology leadership in core logic design, VIA will demonstrate the very latest high performance chipsets for the Intel® Pentium® 4, and the AMD Athlon and Opteron processor platforms. Combining leading-edge performance based on VIA FastStream64 memory technology with a commanding feature set that includes native Serial ATA, V-RAID and Vinyl Audio, VIA’s chipset solutions fit perfectly with the requirements of gamers who demand only the best.

VIA will also highlight its audio portfolio that leads the market with support for the latest 24-bit, 8-channel content, and leading 3D audio gaming performance, and will feature the ultra compact, highly integrated VIA EPIA Mini-ITX platform, including an EPIA-based audio playstation, new small form factor cases from Casetronics, and a special “mod” from the rapidly expanding community of Mini-ITX enthusiasts.

“In its unfailing ability to attract the world’s top gamers, we found that there is no better place than QuakeCon to demonstrate our leadership in high performance PC solutions,” commented Richard Brown, Associate Vice President of Marketing, VIA Technologies, Inc. “With this year’s QuakeCon looking bigger and better than ever, it’s an event we just couldn’t afford to miss.”

“We are delighted that VIA will again be supporting QuakeCon,” said Todd Hollenshead, CEO of id Software. “Our games continually push the edge of technology, and our fans demand the type of power and performance that VIA packs into their products.”

About QuakeCon
QuakeCon began in 1996 as a LAN party dedicated to fans of id Software's games, and has grown to include QUAKE®, QUAKE II™, QUAKE III Arena, QUAKE III: Team Arena™ and Return to Castle Wolfenstein™. It was created by gamers to commune with online friends in real life, meet the makers of the games they crave, talk shop with industry veterans and compete with the best players in the world. QuakeCon enjoys continued success, growing from a small gathering of 150 players in 1996 to more than 3,250 in 2002.


About id Software
id - Freud's primal part of the human psyche and one of the hottest game shops on Earth - has been rocking the gaming world from Mesquite, Texas, since 1991. As a renowned leader in the industry, id Software forged such frenetic titles as Wolfenstein 3D®, DOOM®, DOOM II™, QUAKE® and QUAKE II™. With intense graphics and mind-blowing action, id's games have helped redefine the modern video game, continually setting industry standards for technology and gameplay. And, in keeping with tradition, id Software has amplified the world of adrenaline pumping 3-D gaming with the release of action titles, QUAKE III Arena™, QUAKE III: Team Arena™ and the executive production of Return to Castle Wolfenstein™. id's advanced DOOM III™ engine is leading the next revolution in 3-D interactive games with both single and multiplayer technology. Check out more about id Software at www.idsoftware.com.


About VIA Technologies, Inc.
VIA Technologies, Inc. is a leading innovator and developer of PC core logic chipsets, microprocessors, and multimedia, communications, optical media and networking chips. VIA delivers value to the PC industry by designing, marketing, and selling high-performance VIA Apollo core logic chipsets for the full range of PC platforms, and cost-effective VIA C3™ processors for Value PCs and Internet Appliances, as well as developing complete solutions for the PC platform through its VPSD Business Unit. Its customers include the world's top OEMs, mainboard manufacturers, and system integrators. VIA is headquartered in Taipei, Taiwan, at the center of the Greater China high-tech manufacturing engine, and has branch offices in the US, China and Europe. The company is listed on the Taiwan Stock Exchange (TSE2388), and achieved annual revenues of nearly US$1 billion in 2001. Additional information can be found at www.via.com.tw.