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VIA fields new devices to aid PC2.0 transition

Posted: 13 Jul 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Mobile-ITX? PC2.0 transition? new VIA devices?

VIA Technologies Inc. took the wraps off its latest productsthe VIA NanoBook UMD Reference Design and a prototype of the Mobile-ITX mainboardaimed to drive the transition toward PC2.0.

"Moving beyond the traditional desktop PCs and notebooks of the PC1.0 era, there is an eruption of form factor, application and service innovation, out of which a new generation of devices is emerging that we call PC2.0, which are more accessible, more convenient and more connected than ever before," said Wenchi Chen, president and CEO of VIA Technologies Inc. "The main areas experiencing this rapid growth are in connected clients for the home and the enterprise, emerging market devices, green technology and the exciting young field of ultramobile devices."

The Mobile-ITX mainboard is said to contain all the silicon to run full x86 PC applications including a CDMA chip, all on a single platform. The prototype board, measuring 75mm x 45mm, is compact and thin enough to fit in mobile phones, said Via.

Ultramobility is one of the most exciting and fast-emerging markets in the industry. The VIA Ultra Mobile Platform, comprising one of the ultra power-efficient VIA C7-M processors and mobile digital media chipsets, is powering a slew of ultramobile portable devices with its full x86 performance, enabling Internet and digital media performance at a very low power draw for enhanced battery life.

The VIA Ultra Mobile Platform powers the OQO model O2 device and the recently announced VIA NanoBook UMD Reference Design, an ultra portable clamshell form factor UMD designed for business and personal users.

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