PC Briefs: Via, Macworld Expo, Ingram Micro

PC Briefs: Via, Macworld Expo, Ingram Micro

Via reports sales boost

Despite a tough year for semiconductor and PC companies, Taiwanese chipset and microprocessor vendor Via Technologies has reported that its sales rose nearly 11 per cent during 2001. The company began the year by posting an 84 per cent increase in its first-quarter sales compared to the same period one year earlier. But that lift proved to be short-lived, as the company's sales slowed during the middle of the year in tandem with the global economy. Via also struggled to gain acceptance among major motherboard makers for its P4X266 chipset for the Pentium 4 processor in the face of a legal battle with Intel.

They still dig Macs

IDG World Expo has announced the official attendance for last week's Macworld Expo and Conference held in San Francisco. The show attracted 87,890 attendees from nearly 100 countries and approximately 350 exhibitors. "The tradeshow industry at large was watching Macworld in San Francisco closely for indicators of the business coming back," said Charlie Greco, president and CEO of IDG World Expo. "By all accounts, Macworld San Francisco was a home run this year. It's a good sign to see so many exhibitors doing business and a show floor packed with eager buyers."

Ingram signs Kingston

Ingram Micro has signed a deal with Kingston Technology to distribute its memory products. Ingram will distribute both Kingston's brand memory and its ValueRam line. "We are pretty excited," said Kingston country manager for Australia Keith Hamilton. "Ingram have relationships in the channel on both sides - they deal with both small and large system builders and integrators and they sell a lot of brand name products." As part of the new relationship, the distributors is offering a 128MB memory upgrade for every Compaq Armada E500 P3 purchased to celebrate the partnership.

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