VIA and Bitway Announce Power Efficient PC for Brazilian Market
Based on the VIA pc2500 mainboard, the Bitway Flex PC offers savings of almost 40% on computer power costs
Taipei, Taiwan, 4 March 2008 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator and developer of silicon chip technologies and PC platform solutions, and Bitway, one of Brazil's largest system integrators, today announced a new desktop computer based on the VIA pc2500 mainboard. The Bitway Flex PC will be available from major retailers throughout Brazil for a recommended retail price of R$800, and comes complete with monitor, stereo speakers, keyboard and mouse.
The VIA pc2500 mainboard, distributed in Brazil by VIA partner Phitronics, is based on a 1.5GHz VIA C7-D processor that uses up to 76% less power than competing desktop processors, making it ideal for Brazil, where electricity prices are among the highest in the world. At current average Brazilian electricity prices, it's estimated that a 100 PC organization will be able to save upwards of R$11,800 (US$7000) per year.
"VIA is delighted to partner with Bitway in order to bring power efficient PCs to Brazil," commented Richard Brown, Vice President of Corporate Marketing, VIA Technologies, Inc. "The VIA pc2500 mainboard has proven hugely popular and we are pleased to be leading the way in developing innovative low power platforms that enable our OEM and SI customers to meet the growing worldwide demand for energy-efficient computing."
"The VIA pc2500 mainboard has enabled us to create a complete, low powered system without the need to compromise on performance or versatility," said Martial Camara, President and CEO of Bitway Group. "We expect the Bitway Flex PC's combination of full-featured computing and excellent power efficiency will appeal to schools, businesses and government offices throughout Brazil, as well as individual users."
Fully compatible with Microsoft Windows XP/2K and Linux operating systems, the VIA pc2500 Platform combines next generation silicon with excellent thermal and physical properties and market-leading power, security and performance characteristics to deliver all the necessary performance for productivity, education and entertainment.
Bitway Flex PC Pricing and Availability
The Bitway Flex PC is currently available throughout Brazil from major network retailers, computer stores and public tenders and at a cost of R$800 (just under US$460), comes complete with monitor, speakers, keyboard and mouse. For further information on the Bitway Flex PC, please visit: http://www.bitway.com.br/flexpc/ or the VIA website at: http://www.via.com.tw/en/products/processors/c7-d/partner_products.jsp#BitwayFlexPC
About the VIA pc2500 Mainboard
Powered by the 1.5GHz VIA C7-D desktop processor, the VIA pc2500 mainboard supports up to 2GB of DDR2 SDRAM memory and is based on the VIA CN700 digital media chipset featuring the VIA UniChrome IGP core, with hardware MPEG-2 video decoding acceleration and integrated 128-bit 2D/3D graphics engine and an AGP8X interface.
The VIA VT8237R Plus South Bridge provides support for dual Serial ATA drives and multi-configuration RAID through the VIA DriveStation™ utility, up to eight USB 2.0 ports (4 ports and 4 onboard connectors), two PCI slots for easy system expansion and 10/100 Fast Ethernet for seamless broadband networking. DuoView™ supports dual CRT or LCD displays for enhanced productivity, while two video capture ports and picture-in-picture functionality provide multi-channel capability.
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In late 2007, VIA's Brazilian partner, Phitronics, started to manufacture VIA pc2500 mainboards in Brazil and make them available country-wide through local distribution partners. Phitronics, an established mainboard manufacturer based in Manaus, Brazil, is aggressively ramping up production over the next few months to meet the growing demand for energy-efficient computing platforms.
Bitway is one of Brazil's five largest, and most quickly growing, computer manufacturers. With manufacturing units in Bahia and Parana, Bitway provide high quality, technologically advanced products throughout Brazil. Through streamlining of the entire manufacturing process, Bitway has been able to achieve a production output of approximately 30,000 computers a month and has been recognized with national certification for both this process innovation and its forward-thinking environmental management system.
About VIA Technologies, Inc.
VIA Technologies, Inc. (TSE 2388) is the foremost fabless supplier of market-leading core logic chipsets, low power x86 processors, advanced connectivity, multimedia and networking silicon, and complete platform solutions that are driving system innovation in the PC and embedded markets. Headquartered in Taipei, Taiwan, VIA's global network links the high tech centers of the US, Europe and Asia, and its customer base includes the world's top OEMs, motherboard vendors and system integrators. www.via.com.tw