Everyone is thinking that the nVidia solution, with the Intel Atom processor, is the only solution to the really small PC form. With the announcement of the latest chipset, the VN1000, with Chrome DX10.1 graphics ( VIA owns S3 Graphics) VIA has a solution for the ultra-small, ultra low energy crowd.
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VIA Technologies has just unveiled the VN1000, a new chipset supporting its C7, Eden and Nano processors which is claimed to be the “perfect solution for next generation small form factor and all-in-one Windows 7 PCs.” This rather bold claim is backed by the fact the this latest silicon features a DirectX 10.1-ready Chrome 520 graphics core with 32 stream processors, the ChromotionHD 2.0 video engine which brings full 1080p hardware acceleration, the FastStream64 memory controller that can handle both DDR2 and DDR3 memory, and support for DisplayPort and HDMI connectivity.
“The VIA VN1000 leverages our optimized VIA Nano 3000 Series processors, creating the most balanced, power-efficient, multimedia-focused desktop platform on the market today,” said Richard Brown, VP International Marketing, VIA Technologies. “Supporting the latest system memory, graphics and entertainment standards, the VIA VN1000 takes the VIA processor platform to new heights of power-efficient visual sophistication.”
VIA is promoting the use of the VN1000 chip together with the VT8261 southbridge which delivers 8-channel Vinyl HD audio, four SATA 3.0 Gbps ports, SD/MMS/MMC card reader support and 12 USB 2.0 ports. According to VIA, the VN1000/VT8261 mix consumes just 12W so it is well suited for low-power mini PCs or All-in-One desktops. Now let’s see who’ll be using the pair for new systems. Any adopters out there?
That has been a problem in the past. Though VIA has had a very good solution, it was not the best advertised, so not many knew of it. Other times VIA has put forth a very good solution, but some other manufacturer has released just a bit earlier, and so the VIA solution never really got produced in large numbers.
This might be just the thing for those very small, low power mobile PCs for use in cars, vans, and SUVs.
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