VIA To Develop Own FSB Technology
VIA claims that its self-developed FSB technology is expected to be implemented in all its embedded CPU offerings in 2006 when a cross license agreement with Intel ends. Intel has decided not to extend its patent license to VIA after a March 31, 2006 deadline when the VIA is required to stop producing certain series of embedded processors that are compatible with Intel’s CPU bus or pin. VIA is still looking to resume the cross patent agreement with Intel because not renewing the license may negatively affect VIA’s performance next year. Its C7-series embedded processors with the new FSB technology, dubbed “V4-Bus,” entered volume shipments in June 2005.