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VIA today announced the
VIA pc3500 Mainboard, a low power, feature-rich platform that enables OEMs and
System Integrators to build Windows Vista desktop PCs that draw less than 24
watts in Idle State – less than half the requirement of the U.S. EPA’s latest
Energy Star Program Requirement for Computers: Version 4.0.
In addition, a system based around the VIA pc3500 Mainboard draws only 1.09
watts in Sleep Mode, and 0.68 watts in Standby (Off Mode).

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Further strengthening its leadership in providing the world’s most
energy-efficient computing platforms, VIA Technologies, Inc. today announced the
VIA pc3500 Mainboard, a low power, feature-rich platform that enables OEMs and
System Integrators to build Windows Vista desktop PCs that draw less than 24
watts in Idle State – less than half the requirement of the U.S. EPA’s latest
Energy Star Program Requirement for Computers: Version 4.0.

In addition, a system based around the VIA pc3500 Mainboard draws only 1.09
watts in Sleep Mode, and 0.68 watts in Standby (Off Mode), comfortably meeting
the Energy Star requirements for a Category A system, as summarized in the table
below. The system even draws under 35 watts when playing back a DVD, one of the
most power-intensive computing applications.

Mode Energy Star Category A Requirements VIA pc3500 Mainboard System
Standby (Off Mode) ≤ 2.0W 0.68W
Sleep Mode ≤ 4.0W 1.09W
Idle State ≤ 50W 23.62W
DVD Playback N/A 34.48W

“With the launch of VIA pc3500 mainboard we are leading the way in developing
innovative low power platforms that enable our OEM and SI customers to meet the
growing worldwide demand for energy-efficient PCs,” commented Richard Brown,
Vice President of Corporate Marketing, VIA Technologies, Inc. “Consumers and
business users who purchase PCs based on the VIA pc3500 mainboard will not only
be able to significantly reduce their energy costs but also minimize their
environmental impact while running all the latest software applications.”

About the VIA pc3500 Mainboard

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The VIA pc3500 is the latest addition to the energy efficient VIA pc-1
Mainboard line, and is based on the VIA CN896 digital media IGP chipset,
certified by Microsoft for Windows Vista Basic and featuring the VIA Chrome9 HC
IGP with a DirectX 9.0 3D accelerator for high performance, a 2D accelerator for
productivity applications, and the Chromotion 3.0 video display engine for
advanced hardware-based video processing. Combined with the power efficient VIA
C7-D processor supporting the 400MHz VIA V4 bus, the VIA pc3500 mainboard
delivers high performance and a rich digital media experience at an average
power consumption of less than 25 watts.

The VIA pc3500 Mainboard features two DDR2 DIMM slots, supporting up to 2GB
400/533/667MHz memory, and provides additional expansion flexibility with its
PCI Express x16 slot and PCI slot. The board also comes with a full set of
connectivity features, including four USB 2.0 ports, two SATA II/PATA
connectors, 10/100 Ethernet, and eight channel onboard audio. Additional options
include support for Gigabit Ethernet and S-Video and S/PDIF audio.

The VIA pc3500 Mainboard is available through global VIA pc-1 distribution
channels; pricing information is available upon request. More details about the
VIA pc3500 mainboard may be found on the VIA website at:

http://www.via.com.tw/en/initiatives/empowered/pc3500_mainboard/index.jsp

VIA pc3500 Mainboard Power Consumption Testing

A variety of industry standard power consumption tests were conducted on the
following system configuration:

- VIA pc3500G Mainboard with embedded 1.5GHz VIA C7-D processor
- 512MB DDR2 DRAM
- BTC DVD-Combo
- Maxtor 80GB IDE HDD
- Teamwork 180W (P4-250T) 220Vac Power Supply
- Microsoft Windows Vista Home Basic O/S

Tested modes were as follows:

- PowerDVD 5.0 – MPEG2
- Idle Mode (Windows Desktop Ready)
- Sleep Mode (ACPI S3 Mode)
- Standby/Power Off Mode (ACPI S5 Mode)

These test results were compared with the latest Energy Star power consumption
requirements for computers; further information on these criteria can be found
at:

http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=computers.pr_crit_computers

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