Mobility Meets Security in VIA C7-M Powered SafeBook by DevonIT

Secure SafeBook looks to drive mobile thin client laptops mainstream by bringing the cost within reach of a broader range of vertical markets

Taipei, Taiwan, 12 October 2006 – VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator and developer of silicon chip technologies and PC platform solutions, today announced that DevonIT, supplier of secure server-based remote access and thin client solutions, selected the ultra power efficient VIA C7®-M processor for its new SafeBook mobile thin client.

Endorsed by leading connected client industry players Citrix and IBM, the compact SafeBook is designed with security in mind, whether for the global enterprise with mobile executives or the education, healthcare and other vertical markets where mobile workers need information at their fingertips without the fear of virus infection or critical data loss through theft. And with prices starting at only USD799 and weighing only 1.8kg, the SafeBook lifts more than just the security burden off the user.

The SafeBook achieves a remarkable battery life of over six hours by leveraging the power efficiency of the 1.5GHz VIA C7-M processor, which boasts low maximum design power (TDP) of just 12 watts and an average operating power of a extremely low 100 milliwatts (0.1W), as well as 90nm SOI manufacture and VIA Enhanced PowerSaver™ technology combined with the unique TwinTurbo™ dual-PLL implementation for extremely rapid, one-cycle power state transitions, giving smooth application performance.

“VIA’s powerful energy-efficient processors are specifically designed for thin and server-connected computing,” explained Joe Makoid, President Devon IT.  “The SafeBook uses the industry-standard VIA C7-M and this processor brings together price and performance for this next-generation device.”

“We are delighted that DevonIT is opening up the mobile client market by offering the SafeBook at prices that will be highly attractive to IT buyers,” said Epan Wu, Deputy Director of CPU Product Marketing, VIA Technologies, Inc. “As security concerns increase, it is imperative that connected client computing is extended to mobile devices, and the SafeBook achieves this by combining secure, reliable mobile productivity with easy portability, long battery life and a familiar notebook user experience.”

Key features of the DevonIT SafeBook:

  • 1.5GHz VIA C7-M processor
  • VIA VN800 + VIA VT8237R plus chipset
  • 12.1″ XGA screen
  • Battery life: 6 hours+
  • Weight: 1.8kg (4lbs)
  • 512MB Flash memory
  • 3 USB2.0 ports
  • 1 PCMCIA type II slot (Cardbus interface)
  • Supports PXE boot, Wake-On-LAN, and TCP/IP, DHCP and DNS protocols
  • Width 245mm x depth 283mm x height 27.2-32.7mm

About the VIA Connected Client Initiative

The VIA Connected Client Initiative is designed to educate enterprise on connected client computing as a practical, cost effective solution to global I.T. management challenges. Thin clients and other connected client devices leverage the infrastructure and security benefits of the server-based “software as a service” architecture to execute streamed applications and central data storage. This innovative and cost effective approach to network computing enables enterprise to simplify its I.T. infrastructure, improve manageability and strengthen data security, as well as realize greater ROI.

Building on its strength as premier silicon provider to this market through its ultra power efficient VIA C7 and VIA Eden processors, VIA is taking a leadership role in promoting both the architecture and how VIA Connected Client platform solutions can further enhance the benefits and savings. More information on this initiative may be found at the VIA website:

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, networking and storage 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.

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