VIA buys S3 graphics department
As expected for a long time, S3 is separating from its graphics card department, which, together with the chip manufacturer VIA, has founded a joint venture called 'VIA-S3' and will develop graphics solutions in the future. The takeover of the S3 graphics department cost VIA $ 322 million plus success bonus.
As expected for a long time, S3 separates from its graphics card department, which together with the chip manufacturer VIA has founded a joint venture called 'VIA-S3' and which will develop graphics solutions in the future. The acquisition of the S3 graphics division cost VIA $ 322 million plus a success fee. And as if that weren't enough, VIA will buy another 3 million S3 shares in July. In the future, S3 wants to specialize in so-called 'Internet appliances' (easy-to-use Internet access devices). VIA will most likely integrate the know-how of S3 into their mainboard chipsets, which has a catch, however, because such on-board graphics solutions are in most cases always one chip generation behind. In addition, they are even less powerful than separate 3D graphics cards with the latest graphics chips. This means that the S3 graphics solutions should only appear in the cheapest computers in the future.