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VIA Selling S3 Graphics to HTC

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July 7, 2011 7:18:02 AM

THEY HAD BOGHT ATI IMAGEON BEFORE ! SO WHY DID THEY NID S3 ?
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July 7, 2011 7:41:23 AM

so via never benefited or saw any of s3's IP?
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July 7, 2011 8:07:06 AM

s3 graphics mostly sucked so via didn't need it

I had a old motherboard with s3 graphics, I had to run notepad on low settings.
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July 7, 2011 8:10:56 AM

mehrdad_atiTHEY HAD BOGHT ATI IMAGEON BEFORE ! SO WHY DID THEY NID S3 ?

Imageon was discontinued, and not sold...
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July 7, 2011 8:25:38 AM

Cheap price for a chip company, if you'd ask me.
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July 7, 2011 9:02:16 AM

Notepad joke fail....
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Anonymous
July 7, 2011 10:34:30 AM

S3 had some good technologies for the time, it surpassed even some Nvidia cards in 1999-2000. Hope to see some development now!
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July 7, 2011 10:36:41 AM

The S3 chips weren't all that bad. Matrox was the undisputed leader, but S3 was a splendid option for anyone still sitting with old isa cards. They lost the fight when the riva and tnt cards arrived, but not before then.
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July 7, 2011 11:12:50 AM

sad
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July 7, 2011 11:50:16 AM

I still have a PCI Virge with 4 MB :D 
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July 7, 2011 11:55:26 AM

Wonder if Nvidia will see this as a chance to make a deal with VIA especially if APU's take off
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July 7, 2011 12:04:35 PM

f-gomessad


Indeed. Two turkeys do not make an eagle.
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July 7, 2011 12:15:12 PM

another one bites the dust....maybe it's a good thing...to much crap out there
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July 7, 2011 1:29:48 PM

S3 lost the fight when 3Dfx graphics came out.
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July 7, 2011 1:41:17 PM

S3 actually made some good chips during the TNT times, the Savage 4 was decent with METAL and S3 Texture Compression. Very few games supported METAL though, they opted for the 3DFX Glide and OpenGL standard.

Overall they were a decent "budget" vender back in the day with really good 2D acceleration. Via only bought them for their 2D acceleration tech so that Via could produce all-in-one boards. Same reason they acquired Cyrix. These days none of that is needed so Via just shedding it and letting HTC use it for smartphone / tablet integration.

And yes I would absolutely love to see a Via Nano x2 + Tegra type integrated product.
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July 7, 2011 1:46:01 PM

spookymanS3 lost the fight when 3Dfx graphics came out.

not really, cause at the beginning 3dfx couldn't stand alone. It needed a 2d card to work. Only with the second generation did it get challenged, and the '16bit only' limitation of voodoo made other options better (despite performing worse). In the end, it was the advent of directx and true 2d and 3d capable graphics cards from ati and nvidia that made the difference. Before then s3 was fine. It had enough memory, and was sufficiently vesa compliant (means almost all dos games would work without needing univesa or anything else).

in short 3dfx might've started the 3d wave, but can't be credited for S3's failure to keep up.
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July 7, 2011 2:17:25 PM

My motherboard has VIA S3G UniChrome IGP graphics(2004), and it sucks even compared to 2000s Intel's IGPs.

Good riddance, I'll say.
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July 7, 2011 3:05:02 PM

Isn't VIA and HTC owned by husband and wife, respectively?
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July 7, 2011 3:57:56 PM

S3 graphics have been pretty low end for the last decade. Even though VIA had S3 release dedicated GPUs a little while ago they have been regulated to the low end and set top boxes. Too bad VIA couldn't really capitalize on it. They should have been able to come out with a fusion esk chip well before Intel and AMD if they really wanted.
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July 7, 2011 8:23:23 PM

Would be nice to see a third mega vid-chip maker to come out... besides intel and their left toe-nail graphics.....
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Anonymous
July 7, 2011 9:23:11 PM

Surprised no one has made the connection that Husband is CEO of Via and Wife is CEO of HTC. So this isn't really that big of news...
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July 7, 2011 10:13:12 PM

Now that VIA is selling off S3, they may be a better fit with nVidia now. Nvidia has basically been muscled out of the low end, where there is the most profit, by Intel and AMD. That is why they aligned themselves with ARM for phones/tablets. They still have some of the best high end desktop graphics, but I feel they will continue to be pushed further out of the desktop sector unless the become a true third pillar in the computing industry.
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July 7, 2011 11:47:30 PM

Gee, I thought VIA was dead? I remember having a older P3 desktop with a VIA chipset. But it never competed back then and have not heard much from them lately either.
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July 8, 2011 1:27:47 AM

VIA is alive and kicking in the mobile, and miniATX market.
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July 8, 2011 2:18:30 AM

Via is definitely alive, just not so much in the PC market. Their extremely popular in the industrial sector and in retail POS, Kiosks and ATM's. Basically anything where you need an integrated application specific device you'll find Via.
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July 26, 2011 3:15:56 PM

razor512s3 graphics mostly sucked so via didn't need itI had a old motherboard with s3 graphics, I had to run notepad on low settings.

kkidduMy motherboard has VIA S3G UniChrome IGP graphics(2004), and it sucks even compared to 2000s Intel's IGPs.Good riddance, I'll say.

I have an old ECS Elitegroup PM-800M2 motherboard with integrated S3 UniChrome graphics that I use in my basement fileserver. I don't know what kind of crap you're talking about but it runs windows, movies and many older games just fine. Notepad on low settings? Notepad was originally in Windows 3.1 when graphics cards had 512k on them. Are you going to tell me that black letters on a white screen suddenly have greater requirements? S3 graphics may not be fantastic but at least they were never expensive like Intel's crappy offerings.
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September 17, 2011 4:48:45 AM

lowenzI still have a PCI Virge with 4 MB

Just wondering, do you have any modern drivers for that or were those of win98/winNT the last ones?
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