I've always found the Nano line to be pretty neat. I find it interesting that in this world of tablets and netbooks that the design wins keep landing on Arm, Atom, and in some cases Tegra. I don't keep up with that niche of the market well enough to speculate why the Nano gets left out.
My post had a bit of exaggerated humor in it, but really as a chipset company they've always just been... meh. They weren't the best solution at the time, they just happened to be the only solution.
Intel backing their horse and no viable SDRAM/DDR chipsets were available. Meanwhile AMD was still not grasping the fact they needed their own chipset to succeed, that they couldn't bet their fortunes upon some other company delivering the core logic needed. That strange situation allowed VIA to thrive within a market otherwise starved of chipset manufacturers. We endured them because we had no choice and maybe some of us even have some fond memories, but to say we got a quality product would be an overstatement.
It's especially telling that once NVIDIA, ATI, AMD, and Intel (and even arguably SiS for a short time) got into the fray that VIA simply faded away with designs that arrived late and offered little advantage. It wasn't just enthusiast that dropped the company, even the OEMs were moving on to better and greener pastures. Maybe their quality gets unfairly wrapped up into the Chinese capacitors disaster that spawned around their reign, perhaps they do get judged by the lack of quality that was available in their chipsets over the years, perhas it was purely because their engineering team was no longer able to produce the necessary designs in a timely fashion. Regardless they've faded into obscurity.
When it comes to chipsets, good riddance I say.
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