VIA Corporate Newsletter, November 2008 - VIA Nano Goes on the Road!

 » VIA Spearheads the First Mini-note Alliance
 » A Blast from the Past
 » VIA EPIA-P710 Stacks Up for Greater Flexibility
 » VIA Nano Board Demos at ESC Boston
 » S3 Graphics Offers General Purpose Computing on the GPU
 » Mini-note Sales Rise as the Economy Dips
 » S3 Graphics Chrome 430 ULP Chosen by Fujitsu

Mini-note Sales Rise as the Economy Dips

Fueled by initiatives such as the Global Mobility Bazaar, mini-note sales continue to grow as many other device categories and industries struggle through the current economic slump. With almost all of the Tier 1 PC brands having entered, or planning to enter the mini-note market the segment is now considered to be of increasing importance. And energy efficient VIA processors are powering a healthy share of a market that looks set to reach nearly 30 million units in 2010.

S3 Graphics Chrome 430 ULP Chosen by Fujitsu

S3 Graphics' discrete Chrome 430 ULP (Ultra Low Power) graphics processor has been selected by Fujitsu for its latest range of ultra-light notbooks. The LifeBook® S6520, LifeBook® S6420 and FMV-BIBLO MG/B80N models are the first notebook products form Fujitsu in the new 14.1", 1.7kg category, and are already available throughout the Asia Pacific region.

The S3 Graphics Chrome 400 ULP discrete GPU series comprises the most power-efficient mobile GPUs on the market today, offering an optimal blend of features, flexibility and power draw.  This series supports DX10.1 graphics and uses the ChromotionHD 2.0™ video engine to bring 3D graphics to life as well as providing Hi-Def™ theatre quality video.

The Chrome 430 ULP delivers the best performance to size/weight ratio of any mobile GPU on the market, allowing manufacturers like Fujitsu to design full featured, lighter, more mobile products with improved battery life, not to mention superb graphics and HD video playback.

November 2008

VIA Spearheads the First Mini-note Alliance

The launch of the VIA Global Mobility Bazaar last week marked the establishment of an alliance aimed at setting infrastructure standards to support the booming Chinese IT manufacturing industry.

The event in Shenzhen, China, which was co-hosted by VIA and Microsoft, created an alliance that brings together leading manufacturers with various infrastructure partners, such as AMI, ITE and SanDisk. Their combined expertise in writing BIOS and data storage applications, together with Microsoft's commitment to continue offering Windows® XP for devices with screen sizes ranging from 7" to 15", will allow a broad spectrum of computer and internet devices to be made available to a whole new generation of computer users around the world.

Industry experts are predicting this next generation of first time computer owners will amount to over a billion users during the next few years.

Read more about the launch event here.

A Blast from the Past

Apricot, one of the most famous names in British computing history, recently debuted its first new product in almost 10 years - a mini-note called the PicoBook Pro.

The new Picobook Pro comes with a 1.2GHz VIA C7-M ULV processor, an 8.9" screen with 1024 x 600 native resolution, 1GB RAM, 802.11g wireless, a 60GB HDD, and Bluetooth; it weighs less than 1kg and offers a four hour battery life - and all in a sturdy plastic design with a 270 degree swivel screen, a hard-wearing track pad and a decently sized keyboard.

As the CEO of Apricot Computers, Shahid Sultan, recently commented, "Many offerings in the sub-laptop market are missing the point. A mobile PC user fundamentally wants to be able to connect to the internet whenever and wherever they are and to be able to use it for a prolonged period of time, without needing to charge the batteries. We have created a PC that is truly mobile and, despite its high quality credentials, functionality and look and feel, it is also affordable."

VIA EPIA-P710 Stacks Up for Greater Flexibility

The latest VIA EPIA-P710 board uses the new Pico-ITXe standard for stackable, modular embedded system design. Developed in collaboration with the Small Form Factor Special Interest Group (SFF-SIG), the Pico-ITXe specification provides a more rational, cost-effective approach to system design.

Embedded designers can now take advantage of the latest SUMIT™ connectors to add up to four customizable I/O expansion modules to the VIA EPIA-P710, making a cost-effective off-the-shelf solution for demanding embedded applications.

Incorporating SUMIT connectors allows system designers to easily integrate common high and low speed, legacy and serial expansion buses, including PCI Express, LPC, SPI and USB 2.0. The VIA EPIA-P710 also uses an intelligent board layout to allow efficient module stacking and aid heat dissipation.

Take a look at this video to learn more about the VIA EPIA-P710 Pico-ITXe board.

VIA Nano Board Debuts at ESC Boston

VIA presented the first product to feature the eagerly anticipated VIA Nano processor at ESC Boston last month. The VIA VB8001 board is a full-featured Mini-ITX form factor board designed to offer outstanding performance for small form, optimized PCs.

Powered by a 64-bit superscalar 1.6GHz VIA Nano processor, the VIA VB8001 boasts a 16-lane PCI Express slot for the latest graphics expansion cards, bringing true optimized performance within a rigidly low thermal envelope for an open, balanced platform.

The VIA VB8001 supports up to 4GB of DDR2 memory, Gigabit LAN, two Serial ATA ports, VIA Vinyl 5.1 Audio and the VIA CN896 digital media IGP chipset with its integrated Chrome9™ graphics accelerator for DirectX 9.0 3D graphics.

The VIA VB8001 will also be shown at Electronica, Munich, which runs from November 11th to 14th.

S3 Graphics Offers General Purpose Computing on the GPU

S3 Graphics last month announced its entrance to the emerging General Purpose computing on GPU (GPGPU) market.  Using the S3 Graphics S3FotoPro™ Image Enhancement Application, it's now possible to visually enhance your images in seconds using the power of an S3 Graphics GPU.

S3 Graphics Chrome 400 series GPUs are much more adept at the massive parallel calculations involved with image editing than a regular CPU. S3 Graphics' stream processor architecture can perform work on thousands of concurrent threads to achieve Gigaflops (GFLOPS) of high-throughput computations.

Algorithms for color clarity and correction, de-fogging, skin smoothing, gradient blending, saturation and tonal balance adjustments have been built-in to the S3FotoPro application allowing users to achieve sharper, clearer pictures in record time.

Feel free to visit the S3 Graphics web site and to sample the power of S3FotoPro for yourself.

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