Q. When and where was VIA founded and incorporated?
VIA was founded in 1987 in Fremont, California, and
incorporated in 1992 in Taipei, Taiwan.
Q. When is VIA's fiscal year?
VIA follows a standard international calendar year;
therefore, our fiscal year starts on January 1st and
ends on December 31st.
Q. How many employees currently work at VIA?
VIA employs approximately 2,200 staff worldwide, of
whom about 75% are engineers. Over 95% of VIA employees
hold at least a college degree.
Q. What is VIA's Company Vision and Mission
VIA has a Company Vision of 'Total Connectivity', a
world in which everyone can access the information,
education, commerce and entertainment resources available
on the Internet that are shaping the way we work, communicate
VIA's Mission Statement is to facilitate this vision
by developing innovative computing and communications
technologies that enable our customers to build feature-rich
PC systems that are affordable to everyone, thereby
improving the quality of life. For more details, please
visit our website at: www.via.com.tw/en/company/vision.jsp
Q. Where can I find an overview on VIA's business
Please visit www.via.com.tw/en/company/
Q. What is a fabless business model?
The fabless model describes a business that does not
own its own silicon wafer manufacturing and production
facilities (fabs). VIA is a fabless IC design house,
so works closely with silicon foundries (fabs) and testing
& assembly houses (who provide the services for
testing & packaging dies with the necessary equipments)
to produce the final IC products. As IC manufacturing
processes become ever more complex and capital-intensive,
the fabless model has grown in popularity as it allows
the design house to show more flexibility and react
more quickly to the market. VIA's close partnership
with leading foundries and testing and assembly houses
are vital to the success of this model.
Q. What is 'Project Canaan'?
Project Canaan is a corporate realignment project that
was announced in February 2002, in which VIA's major
operations were divided into five key product business
units: Core Logic Chipsets, CPU Business, Graphics,
Networking, and Optical Storage Solutions. This project
is a logical transition from the previous focus on chipsets
to the next level of corporate activity, allowing VIA
to intensify focus on all core businesses. Through this
diversification strategy, VIA is building a stronger,
broader based company, able to focus on both core and
emerging market segments.