IDG News Service - Via Technologies Inc. has notified customers for its CPUs that by the end of March, it will begin selling only CPUs with a self-designed front-side bus, a part vital to transfer data to and from the CPU to other components inside a computer. The company won't seek to extend an agreement with Intel Corp. to use an Intel-compatible front-side bus.
It's a transition Via has been in the process of making ever since last May, when it launched its latest CPU series, the C7. At the time, the company launched its own front-side bus, the V4-Bus, which runs at clock speeds of up to 800 MHz, to replace an older front-side bus used under license from Intel that ran at a maximum speed of 133 MHz. A speedier front-side bus allows computer applications to run faster.
"We need to change to a new front-side bus architecture mainly because we need higher performance," said Richard Brown, vice president of corporate marketing at Via.
Via wanted to notify customers of the change so they could plan accordingly, he said.
"Obviously, we needed to engage our customers to let them know about the transition," he said.
The change was also necessitated by the looming end to an agreement signed with Intel that allowed Via to use Intel-compatible front-side buses on its CPUs through the end of March 2006.
Via doesn't intend to seek an extension to the agreement, said Brown.
Intel declined to comment.
- Accelerating Cloud Deployment and Operations with Managed Services Companies that do not have sufficient in-house expertise to either deploy or maintain an IaaS cloud should turn to Managed Service Providers .
- Enable secure remote access to 3D data without sacrificing visual perfomance Design and manufacturing companies must adapt quickly to the demands of an increasingly global and competitive economy. To speed time to market for...
- Simplifying Product Design In A Complex World Product design engineering has moved far beyond the confines of ever-more powerful workstations. Companies can't afford to restrict projects to using only local...
- A Reference Architecture for the Internet of Things The aim of this is to provide Architects and Developers of IoT projects with an effective starting point that covers the major requirements...
- Keep Servers Up and Running and Attackers in the Dark An SSL/TLS handshake requires at least 10 times more processing power on a server than on the client. SSL renegotiation attacks can readily...
- On Demand: Mastering the Art of Mobile Content Management Mobile device usage in the enterprise has skyrocketed, and it continues to escalate. IT must answer to users who demand access to their... All Hardware White Papers | Webcasts
Our new weekly Consumerization of IT newsletter covers a wide range of trends including BYOD, smartphones, tablets, MDM, cloud, social and what it all means for IT. Subscribe now and stay up to date!