Silicon Drivers

Headquartered in Hsinchu Science Park, Taiwan, Silicon Integrated Systems, better known as SiS, is a semiconductor company that specializes in the manufacturing of motherboard chipsets and a wide range of computer components. The company currently leads the industry with its innovative core logic chipsets. For more than 20 years, its products have been implemented in various applications including desktop and notebook PCs, servers, embedded systems, wireless communications devices and digital entertainment products. SIS has demonstrated dominance in the market. In fact, their only serious competitors are industry-leading companies such as Broadcom, Intel and VIA Technologies.

SiS was originally founded in 1987. Thereafter, they established its U.S-based subsidiary in 1992. It was known for many firsts throughout the 1990s, including the SiS5110 Pentium Notebook Chipset in 1996. This revolutionary product was the first of its kind to integrate PCMICA, LCD and graphics chips into a core-logic chipset. In 1998, SiS launched the SiS530, which was the first to integrate 3D graphics into core logic and offer compliancy for the Socket-7 electrical specification. That same year, SiS introduced the SiS620, which was the first in the world to offer 3D graphics on top of compliancy for Celeron and Pentium II motherboards.

The company continued to set trends in the 2000s with the introduction of the SiS650 in 2001, the first Pentium 4 chipset in the world integrated with 256-bit 2D/3D graphics. SiS chipsets embarked on more history as the first to support AMD64 PCI Express platforms in 2005 and the first server reference board in 2006.

SiS is still releasing innovative solutions to the current day, just unveiling the SiS329H in April, 2009, the world’s first H.264 HDTV processor. The company plans to keep providing excellent value through technological innovations, high quality products and outstanding technical support.

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