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VIA OpenBook Mini-Note Reference Design


The innovative VIA OpenBook Mini-Note Reference Design paves the way for the next generation of ultra-portable notebooks based on the VIA Ultra Mobility Platform.

The VIA OpenBook introduces a host of new innovations and features to fans of the mini-note market segment.  The new slim and curvy  clamshell design weighs in at a mere 1kg and  open source access to CAD files for the OpenBook case design opens up even more possibilities for customization of the look and feel. 

The flexible local WiFi and long range WiMAX, HSDPA or EV-DO/W-CDMA 3G cellular connectivity options ensure users instant broadband internet access from virtually anywhere. This selection of data access providers, puts the VIA OpenBook's connectivity in a class of its own.  

Combine these features with a stunning 8.9" screen that supports up to 1024x600 resolution, and DirectX 9.0 3D graphics performance and users will enjoy a rich on-the-go multi-media experience.

Features and Benefits

Accessible Customization & Design Flexibility
The VIA OpenBook Mini-Note Reference Design brings a unique "open" approach to customization. This open source design flexibility allows you to bring your own innovative style and branding to the VIA OpenBook Mini-Note Reference Design.  It also reduces product development costs and speeds up the time-to-market process.

Global Wireless Connectivity
The VIA OpenBook supports either Microsoft® Windows® XP, Windows Vista® or Linux operating systems and comes with BlueTooth, WiFi, AGPS and Ethernet capabilities.  Whether streaming videos or music from the web, checking e-mail or chatting with friends, the OpenBook brings the same full  internet experience on-the-go, that you are accustomed to having at home.

To maximize access to the internet a unique, internal modular interface gives OpenBook providers a choice of standardized wireless extended connectivity modules supporting WiMAX, HSDPA or EV-DO/W-CDMA 3G services.  This extended connectivity means that OpenBook end-users will always have the internet available from a data access service that is appropriate to their locations.  It also enables our customers to forge new relationships and business models with data service providers.

Larger Hi-Res Screen, Richer Media Experience
Thanks to the VIA C7®-M ULV processor and the new VIA VX800 Digital Media IGP Chipset the OpenBook delights the senses with a 8.9" screen size that supports up to 1024x600 screen resolution and high performance VIA Chrome9™ HC3, DirectX 9.0 3D graphics. Combined with advanced video acceleration for MPEG-2, MPEG-4, WMV9 and VCI video formats and a VMR capable HD video processor, multi-media entertainment has never looked better.

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The VIA OpenBook comes with all the expertise VIA Technologies has proven through technological innovation. Our advancements and leadership in low power consumption, platform miniaturization and feature integration have all been brilliantly incorporated in to the VIA OpenBook Mini-Note Reference Design platform.

VIA C7®-M ULV Processor
The VIA C7®-M ULV processor* family ranges in speed from 1.0 – 1.6 GHz using a 90nm manufacturing process. To ensure enhanced low power consumption the maximum thermal design power (TDP) ranges between 3.5 watts to 8 watts, depending on the speed chosen, and idle power is as low as 0.1 watt, thus ensuring extended battery life. This is complemented by a low profile nanoBGA2 package measuring just 21mm x 21mm enabling designs with drastically reduced weight, size, and thickness.

*  For full details of the VIA C7®-M ULV Processor, click here.

VIA VX800 Digital Media IGP Chipset
The VIA VX800* unified Digital Media IGP chipset has been designed specifically for today's ultra thin and compact mini-note devices. It integrates all the advanced features of a North and South Bridge dual chip and saves over 42% of silicon real estate over standard twin-chip core logic implementations.

* For full details of the VIA VX800 Digital Media IGP Chipset, click here.

Global Connectivity and Additional Features
The VIA OpenBook supports Microsoft® Windows® XP, Windows Vista® and Linux operating systems and to maximize internet access there is an internal modular interface that has BlueTooth, WiFi, AGPS and Ethernet capabilities as well as a choice of standardized wireless extended connectivity modules supporting WiMAX, HSDPA or EVO-DO/W-CDMA 3G services.

The VIA OpenBook Mini-Note Reference Design is the next generation of the mini-note design platform and incorporates all the best features of earlier models with key enhancements.  The higher resolution and larger size of the screen brings a richer viewing experience and the slim, custom designed, clamshell form factor brings new functionality and style.

VIA OpenBook Mini-Note Reference Design Specifications
Processor 1.6GHz VIA C7®-M ULV Processor
FSB 800MHz
Chipset VIA VX800 unified Digital Media IGP chipset
Memory DDR2 SO-DIMM up to 2GB
HDD 80GB Hard-Disk or above
LCD Panel

8.9" WVGA 1024X600  LED screen

Graphics • VIA Chrome9™ HC3 DX9 3D engine with shared system memory up to 256MB
• MPEG-2, MPEG-4 and VC1 video decoding acceleration
Audio • Realtek HD Audio codec
• 2 speakers
Networking Broadcom 10/100/1000 Mb/s
Wireless • Broadcom 802.11b/g or GCT 802.16e
   • 2-in-1 WiFi + Bluetooth (default base module)
   • 3-in-1 AGPS + WiFi + Bluetooth (upgrade base module)
• A choice of WiMAX, EV-DO /W-CDMA, or HSDPA (optional secondary module)
I/O • 4 in 1 embedded card reader
• 1 D-Sub port
• 1 RJ45 port
• 3 USB (Ver. 2.0 Type A port)
• 1 Mic-in audio jack
• 1 Headphone out
Webcam 2.01 megapixel dual headed rotary CCD camera
Dimension 240(W)x175(D)mm
Thickness 36.2(H)mm
Weight Under 1kg
Operating System Support Microsoft® Windows® XP, Windows Vista® and all popular Linux distributions
Status Indicators Power On, Battery and HDD
Battery 4 Cells, 2600ma
Options • USB interface DVD Dual RW
• Leather Cover


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