As VIA's response to the Intel Developer Forum gets underway, it has come to our attention that the politics surrounding the computer industry are as thick as ever. It seems that every player in every major market is battling it out to maintain historic strongholds. This power struggle is only exacerbated by the economic downturn that the industry is facing. We think that now would be a good time to bring you, the readers, up to speed on the inner workings of the computer industry because it effects you more than anyone else.

The two areas that are currently facing the most pressure from component manufacturers are the motherboard and video card markets. Let's see who the players are and how they are putting pressure on board manufacturers to get their way. It seems like it's going to be a regular occurrence that our trips to Taiwan are met with controversy; from the balloons at Computex to P4X at the VIA Technical Forum, the saga continues...

From disappearing balloons to vanishing motherboards

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