Taiwan's Via Technologies will make chipsets for AMD's upcoming Hammer processors, an endorsement that will make it easier for PC manufacturers to obtain components. Via will release its first Hammer chipsets in late 2002, the same time the chip will begin to ship to manufacturers. Hammer chipsets differ from chipsets for other processors in that they're based on HyperTransport, a high-speed chip-to-chip connection technology. Chipsets connect the processor to hard drives and other peripherals. Via is one of the largest chipset manufacturers in the world.