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VIA to sell faster processor

STAFF WRITER

VIA Technologies Inc (威盛電子) will start selling samples of faster versions of its existing processors in the third quarter, the DigiTimes newspaper said, citing unidentified company officials.

Taiwan's largest chip designer will sell a 1.2 gigahertz processor that's 20 percent faster than earlier chips, the paper said. VIA's rival, Intel Corp, the world's largest chipmaker, last month started selling a 2 gigahertz processor, its fastest.

VIA hasn't boosted the speed of its processors as quickly as expected because Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co (TSMC, 台積電) has had difficulty developing a production process for the chip, the report said.

VIA's chips are made by TSMC.

VIA earlier said its first-quarter profit fell more than half because the company lost market share following a technology dispute with Intel. Net income fell to NT$1.1 billion (US$32 million), or NT$1.13 a share, from NT$2.3 billion, or NT$2.44, a year ago.

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