Via defies Intel, strikes chip set deal

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Via defies Intel, strikes chip set deal

Via Technologies has signed a foundry agreement with National Semiconductor, under which Via will continue to manufacture its high-end chip sets for Pentium-based PC – despite Intel’s efforts to prevent it.

Intel has revoked Via’s license to use its P6 bus technology, and filed suit against Via in a San Jose federal court.

Both sides now seem prepared to let the courts decide the issue, which could evolve into a legal dispute with little impact on product shipments.

National and Via jointly issued a statement saying the alliance will allow Via to continue to develop and market its chip set, which offers support for a 133-MHz front-side bus, PC133 SDRAM, and AGP 4X.

Via chip sets bearing National’s logo have already begun appearing in Taiwan, according to reports.

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