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VIA Rocks with the Geeks at Gnomedex 4.0!

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VIA hosts a live recording event to demonstrate how an everyday PC can become a powerful recording studio with a VIA Vinyl Envy high definition audio controller

Taipei, Taiwan, 30 September 2004, - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator and developer of silicon chip technologies and PC platform solutions, today announced an exciting schedule for Gnomedex 4.0, including a live concert, great prizes and a feast of personal electronics on show.

Gnomedex 4.0 takes place at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe from Thursday 30th September to Sunday 2nd October 2004, and the live recording event, featuring the Silicon Valley Houserockers in concert, takes place on Friday 1st October at the same venue.

As the digitization of music rapidly progresses, the PC is radically changing in principal function, and is liberating the consumer by enabling more creativity and manageability than ever before. In the past, the cost of making a high quality field recording was prohibitive and involved a specialized recording studio. Now, anyone with a PC can unleash the musician inside, making very high quality recordings and, through the power of the internet, releasing that music to a worldwide audience.

To demonstrate the power of the everyday PC as a high definition recording device, VIA will host at this year’s Gnomedex the Silicon Valley Houserockers (http://www.svhouserockers.com) live in concert, and a recording of their performance will be made available on CD to attendees the very next day. VIA has brought together an expert team of audio and PC specialists including Elric Phares (motherboards.org), Jim Louderback (Ziff Davis), and Tom Paddock (former sound man for the Grateful Dead and Steely Dan), who will be doing on-site audio engineering and mastering. The system being used for recording and mixing the CD features a high-end soundcard with the VIA Envy24 Audio Controller, and the VIA K8T800 Pro chipset, the latest chipset for the AMD Athlon™64 processor.

VIA will also sponsor a number of exciting giveaways, including VIA EPIA Mini-ITX mainboards, high-end audio cards from leading supplier Ego Systems and Terratec featuring VIA Vinyl Envy audio controllers, special web authoring software from Adobe Systems, processors from AMD, Techie Toyz from Mad Dog Multimedia and much more.

Keeping with the audio theme for the event, VIA will also display the WorldVibrations Radio Station-in-a-box based on the VIA EPIA M10000 Mini-ITX mainboard and the highly acclaimed VIA Envy24 audio controller, an all-in-one, professional quality yet easy to use appliance for on-the-air, Internet, corporate network, satellite or in-house broadcasting.

VIA will also show a range of innovative digital entertainment devices focused on online distribution and management of digital content, including the new Lafayette MediaREADY 4000 from Video Without Boundaries that features the Linux-based Media Convergence Software Suite (MCSS) from C.A.C. Media and combines consumer electronics, PC and PC peripherals into an all-in-one product for the living room. For the telematics enthusiast, VIA will show the Mediabox from Autocom that acts as an all-in-one in car media player, Internet service and navigation system due to incredible versatility of the VIA EPIA M10000 Mini-ITX mainboard.

Additionally, VIA will have the soon-to-be-released VIA EPIA SP Mini-ITX and EPIA N Nano-ITX mainboards on hand, which feature the latest hardware-based security and digital media acceleration technologies. See the VIA website for more information: http://www.via.com.tw/en/company/events/gnomedex2004/


About VIA Audio
VIA has developed a broad spectrum of silicon solutions for enhancing the PC audio experience, including the highly respected, studio performance VIA Vinyl Envy24 line of audio controllers. The VIA Vinyl Envy Line of Controllers introduced 24-bit standards, and 96/192kHz sampling rates to the consumer and professional markets and is used by some of the world's leading audio card makers for a variety of high end professional applications. VIA also offers a range of AC’97 audio codecs, such as VIA Vinyl Six-TRAC and Eight-TRAC that enable theatre quality sound in both audio-on-motherboard and soundcard applications.

About VIA Partner Products
Please go to the following websites for more information on exciting VIA partner products on display at Gnomedex 2004:

Advanced Micro Devices http://www.amd.com
Autocom http://www.autocomonline.com
CAC Media http://www.cacmedia.tv
Ego Systems Soundcards http://www.esi-pro.com
Terratec Soundcards http://www.terratec.com
WorldVibrations http://www.worldvibrations.com
Video Without Boundaries http://www.vwbinc.com


About Gnomedex
Geeks Gone Wild! this year runs from September 30th through October 2nd 2004, in beautiful Lake Tahoe. Gnomedex draws participants from around the world who want to learn how technology can be used to improve their businesses, their careers, and their lives. Attendees will include a wide range of backgrounds including IT professionals, business owners / managers, and tech enthusiasts from all over the world. Our partners will demonstrate their latest innovations. Speakers will discuss their successes as well as talk about "what's next" in the industry. At the end of the weekend, everyone will walk away knowing more about where technology fits into their lifestyle.
Read more about Gnomedex 4.0 at http://www.gnomedex.com