Everex and VIA Take Energy-Efficient Widescreen Notebooks into Mainstream US Retailers

VIA C7-M processor powers latest 15.4″ portable computer available online and in stores throughout the U.S.

Taipei, Taiwan, 26 April 2007 – VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator and developer of silicon chip technologies and PC platform solutions, and Everex, a world leader in the design and production of personal computers, today unveiled the StepNote NC1501 notebook, available in leading US retailers for just US$499.

At first glance, the new StepNote NC1501 appears a typical, modern-day laptop, featuring the Windows Vista Home Basic operating system, 15.4″ widescreen display with DiamondBrite Technology, built-in wireless LAN and DVD burner. At the heart of this unique machine, however, lies the VIA C7-M processor, designed to provide ultra-low power consumption, advanced security features and 1.5GHz performance at a mere 12W peak power.

“It’s obvious that the social awareness of energy conservation has never been higher,” stated John Lin, Vice President of Sales for Everex. “However, unlike many eco-friendly products targeting a small, niche audience, Everex believes that a far greater environmental impact can be reached through the acceptance of mainstream products such as our StepNote NC1501. That’s why we specifically created a no-compromise notebook with mass appeal.”

Available in Wal-Mart stores nationwide, as well as online through the BestBuy.com and WalMart.com websites, the Everex NC series notebooks are expected to aid users in reducing their overall electricity usage while lowering the total cost of ownership. According to the two companies, utilization of VIA Enhanced PowerSaver and TwinTurbo technology allow the laptop to dynamically transition between intermediate power states, providing users with 20% longer battery life than comparable systems.

“We are delighted that Everex has successfully combined the latest technologies on the market with an environment-friendly approach,” said Richard Brown, Vice President of Corporate Marketing, VIA Technologies, Inc. “By extending their NC series of notebooks based on our ultra power efficient VIA C7-M processor, consumers have greater opportunity to opt for more sustainable computing.”

Everex StepNote NC1501 Key Features

The Everex StepNote NC1501 packs a 1.5GHz performance punch with DirectX 9.0 graphics, DDR2 system memory and built-in wireless connectivity. The key features* are:

Processor: 1.5GHz VIA C7®- M processor
Operating System: Genuine Windows Vista™ Home Basic
Graphics: VIA C-9 HC IGP
Memory: 512MB DDR2 533MHz SDRAM
Hard Disk Drive: 60GB, 5400RPM SATA
Optical Drive: DVD-ROM/DVD+/-RW with Double Layer Support
Display: 15.4″ WXGA (1280×800) Widescreen TFT with DiamondBrite Technology
LAN: 10/100 Ethernet
Wireless: IEEE 802.11b/g
I/O: 1x DB 15-Pin VGA port, 3x USB 2.0 ports, 1x RJ45 port, 1x RJ-11, 1x Headphone/Line Out, 1x Microphone/ Line In
Battery: 6-Cell Lithium Ion (up to 4.25 hours operating time)
Dimensions: 14.1″ x 10.7″ x 0.9–1.5″ / 35.8cm x 27.2cm x 2.3-3.8cm (W x D x H)
Weight: 5.3lbs
UPC: 853031001467
MSRP: US$499.00

*Specifications subject to change

Everex StepNote NC1501 Pricing and Availability

The Everex StepNote NC1501 notebook is priced at only US$499 and can be found in Wal-Mart stores throughout the country, as well as online through the following:

Best Buy:
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp?skuId=8315904&type=product&productCategoryId= pcmcat103700050014&id=1174092131123
Wal-Mart: http://www.walmart.com/catalog/product.do?product_id=5673667

To learn more about Everex and the new StepNote NC1501 notebook, please visit www.everex.com/nc1501/. For information regarding the VIA C7-M processor, see www.via.com.tw/en/products/processors/c7-m/

About Everex

Founded in 1983 and headquartered in Fremont, California, Everex Systems, Inc. has established itself as a world leader in the personal computer industry. From award-winning designs to an ongoing dedication to quality, Everex remains committed to providing consumers with the latest available technologies at the lowest possible cost of ownership, all without sacrificing workmanship, service or support.

As a subsidiary of First International Computer, a supplier to many of the world’s largest computer companies, Everex currently stands as one of only two major PC brands with direct manufacturing capability and has allowed the organization to produce a distinctive line of computer products en route to becoming the seventh largest retail computer vendor in the US. In addition to the model NC1501, Everex also offers consumers a full line of desktop and notebook computers, available at Best Buy, Circuit City, OfficeMax and Wal-Mart locations throughout the US.

For the latest information on Everex, visit www.everex.com

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

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