According to rumors overheard by DigiTimes, VIA "sent an internal email to employees describing the losses that the company had suffered from its chipset product lines for the past few years. The main purpose of the email was to announce the issue of future layoffs, according to the rumors." If it was indeed sent, such an e-mail could mean VIA would rather pull out of the chipset market rather than abandon x86 processors.
However, VIA tells DigiTimes it "has no knowledge of the rumors" and that it has sent no such e-mail to its employees. VIA adds that closing its System Platform division would be "impossible" because "both Intel and AMD are among its customers." As of May 16, VIA's official stance on the Intel licensing agreemnt was that negotiations were still taking place.