Chen Wen-ch'i

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Chen Wen-ch'i
2007 VIA Technologies Forum Wenchi Chen.jpg
Born (1955-11-16) November 16, 1955 (age 65)
United States
EducationCalifornia Institute of Technology
Alma materNational Taiwan University and California Institute of Technology
EmployerVIA Technologies
Known forContributions to VIA
Net worthUS$850 million (May 2016)[1]
Spouse(s)Cher Wang

Chen Wen-ch'i (Chinese: 陈文琦; pinyin: Chén Wénqí, born (1955-11-16)November 16, 1955) is a Taiwanese-American entrepreneur who has been President and CEO of VIA Technologies, Inc. since 1992, and has overseen its transition from chipset designer to a leading developer of silicon chip technologies and PC platform solutions. Chen's strong background in logic design, marketing, and business strategy has propelled VIA to be one of the foremost fabless semiconductor design houses in the world.

Prior to VIA, Chen co-founded and was President and CEO of Symphony Laboratories. He also held positions of Sales & Marketing VP at high tech start-up ULSI and senior architect at Intel. Chen holds a master's degree in electrical engineering from National Taiwan University and a masters in computer science from the California Institute of Technology.

Under Chen's leadership, VIA has become the world’s leading developer of PC core logic chipsets[citation needed], successfully enabling the industry wide adoption of PC133 and DDR266 SDRAM as the next generation memory standards. Building on the company’s strength in core logic chipsets, Chen has expanded the company’s technology leadership into low power x86 microprocessors with the acquisition of Cyrix and Centaur, high performance graphics with the S3 Graphics joint venture, networking, communications, and multimedia chips, as well as innovative form factor mainboard solutions.

In June 2008, The Forbes ranked him with his wife Cher Wang, the chairperson of HTC, as the fifth richest of Taiwan.[2]


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  2. ^ "Taiwan's Richest: #5 Cher Wang & Wen Chi Chen". Forbes. Retrieved 2008-08-07. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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