Rumors have been swirling about the future of VIA's CPU and platform groups for several weeks. Initial rumors claimed that VIA was simply going to sell both groups if they could find an interested buyer. It now appears that VIA is merging both teams under the banner of the CPU team.
"The company will still provide support from AMD platforms while continuing the support older Intel products that are not impacted by patent issues, the paper noted.
Due to client demand, the company has not completely given up on negotiating with Intel for a patent contract, however, even if the company does receive a license, the current competitiveness in the chipset market means that the company would be unlikely to see a great benefit to its performance. As a result the company is searching for other profitable markets, particularly in the CPU, communications and multimedia sectors, added the paper."