VIA with competitive prices?
As reported in the Taiwanese press today, VIA Technologies will introduce its own P4 chipset 'P4X266' at an extremely affordable price. At an estimated price of just $ 35 per copy, the chip will cost around $ 10-15 less than Intel's i850 and i845.
Certainly VIA would like to convince as many motherboard producers as possible of their own technology in this way. The customer should then be pleased not only about the slight price advantage of the chip, but also about its support for 'cheap' DDR-SDRAM. So far, the P4 can only be operated in conjunction with expensive Rambus RAM. Another question remains the license dispute between Intel and VIA. Since VIA uses patented technologies for the chip and VIA has not acquired the license itself, Intel would like to forbid the release of the chip. However, VIA refers to the acquired company S3, which has the necessary technology exchange agreement with Intel and VIA, as the parent company, is also entitled to this transfer. However, other sources report that VIA is already internally looking for other ways to resolve the conflict out of court. So you don't seem to be too sure.