February 17, 2004

Golf Course Kiosks

Solar-Powered Interactive Scoring and Communication Devices to the Golf Course

Taipei, Taiwan, Date 2004 " Expecting to do for golfing what ATMs did for banking, a new device from 4everSports based on the VIA EPIA Mini-ITX mainboard promises to automate golf scoring and provide a distinct competitive advantage to competitors by letting them view other players' scores in real time. The TeePod, a birdhouse-style golf kiosk, will be featured at the 4everSports Pro-Pro tournament of PGA-certified golf professionals at Dobson Ranch Golf Club in Mesa, Arizona March 8. The wireless on-course management and electronic scoring system will provide players with score tracking and a real-time leaderboard while letting fans at home follow their favorite players' scores online at www.4everSports.com.

Based on the VIA EPIA Mini-ITX mainboard, the TeePod is attractive and environmentally rugged with temperature control and voltages managed remotely by 4everSports in Nova Scotia. Running on up to 300 watts of collected solar energy, each of the 18 TeePods on a standard course use the VIA EPIA Mini-ITX mainboard, which utilizes only 10 watts. The units bright LCD screen, which uses far more power, turns on as the player approaches the kiosk and turns off when the player leaves, managing a crisp, bright touchscreen display while the EPIA and applications run continuously. 4everSports proprietary web-based software and 802.11b wireless communications let users view transmitted scores, course statistics and check their pace of play. Players can also message the clubhouse for refreshments, request on-course help for such common incidents as lost clubs, or to seek immediate aid for players in distress.

4everSports is confident that its TeePod Information System will be embraced by the golf world. The company offers golf course operators an irresistible opportunity, guaranteeing that the system will pay for itself in the first year of operation and ensuring increased rounds and automating many of the things course operators have had to do manually such as running tournaments and marshalling courses.

VIA has been a great development partner, said 4everSports President and CEO, Robert Bobbett. The way VIA develops and markets its products totally supports the direction were headed. We cant wait to get our hands on new boards VIA is producing because they will enable us to even further reduce the cost of producing TeePod Information Systems.

4everSports is an excellent example of bringing the VIA Total Connectivity platform to the consumer market to add excitement and new ways to experience traditional golf, said Richard Brown, Associate Vice President of Marketing, VIA Technologies, Inc. 4everSports has leveraged the best of the VIA embedded platform to empower both the golf player as well as the course operator.

About 4everSports, Inc.
4everSports Inc. is responsible for the kiosk-style full service golf system known as the TeePod Information System. They are the leading experts in the development and delivery of wireless, solar-powered golf systems designed to enhance the golfing experience.

4everSports Inc. is a private, North American Company made up of dedicated, highly-skilled programmers and designers servicing clients over the US and Canada. Find more information at www.foreversports.com.

About VIA Technologies, Inc.
VIA Technologies, Inc. (TSE 2388) is the foremost fabless supplier of market-leading core logic chipsets, low power x86 processors, advanced connectivity, multimedia, networking and storage silicon, and complete platform solutions that are driving system innovation in the PC and embedded markets. Headquartered in Taipei, Taiwan, VIAs global network links the high tech centers of the US, Europe and Asia, and its customer base includes the worlds top OEMs, motherboard vendors and system integrators. www.via.com.tw

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