VIA Announces Aristo Pico 840 Mini-note For Poland

Comes, SA, the largest notebook maker in Central and Eastern Europe, extends their popular Aristo Pico mini-note portfolio with the VIA C7-M based Aristo Pico 840

Taipei, Taiwan, 27 November 2008 – VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today introduced the new Aristo Pico 840 mini-note, the latest model in the Aristo Pico Series to be based on the ultra low power VIA C7-M processor platform.

Building on the success of the Aristo Pico 640 and 740, the Aristo Pico 840 has been custom designed for both the professional on the go and the digital traveler looking for on-line entertainment on the move. Its A4 notebook size, crisp 8.9 inch 1024×600 screen and light weight, at just over 1kg, make it the perfect travel companion for short trips or long journeys.

Several unique features are included in the design. The simultaneous dual screen operation (DualView) is made possible by utilizing the powerful VIA VX800 all-in-one digital media IGP chipset, which supports a second, external monitor, broadening the use of the Aristo Pico 840 from a handy, mobile device to a fully functional work computer.

And, in addition to the standard USB 2.0 ports and multimedia card reader for digital cameras or MP3 players, the device also comes with an ExpressCard 34 connector, which is uncommon in this size of computer. The Express Card 34 connector allows users to expand the functionality of their device by adding a TV tuner or UMTS/HSDP modem.

“VIA is proud to be working, once again, with Comes, SA on the introduction of the new Aristo Pico 840, the latest model in the highly successful Aristo Pico series of mini-notes being distributed in Poland.” said Tim Brown, International Marketing Manager, VIA Technologes, Inc. “These days, customers care more about features and low power consumption and VIA’s ultra mobile platforms assure end-users of the perfect balance of low power and high performance.”

“The Aristo Pico 840 extends our line of Pico netbooks designed for customers who value high mobility and the freedom to work from any place. We hope to continue our cooperation with VIA – our trusted partner – in introducing state-of-the-art technological solutions in Europe” – said Grzegorz Haładus, spokesperson for Comes S.A.

The Aristo Pico 840 has been designed for power saving ultra-mobility. Based on a 1.2GHz VIA C7-M processor and VIA VX800 chipset, the device has a power draw of only 3.5W during operation, and a 0.1 W draw in idle mode, giving users up to 5 hours of battery life.

Extensive connectivity solutions include built-in WiFi and Bluetooth, allowing for downloading, or uploading of online media content from anywhere in the world. The Bluetooth 2.0 module also provides fully wireless communication between the computer and many office peripherals, such as printers, fax machines, etc. and supports easy data exchange with mobile phones. In addition, the built-in webcam can not only be utilized for keep in touch with family and friends over Skype but also for facilitating videoconferencing communications.

The units come with 1GB RAM and 60GB HDD and supports either Microsoft Windows XP or Linux Ubuntu 8.04 operating systems. In addition to the convenient touchpad and crisp 8.9″ 1024 x 600 screen, a traditionally sized keyboard has been included to facilitate ease-of-use and access to users’ favorite office applications, tools and multimedia libraries.

Aristo Pico 840 Pricing and Availability

Retail pricing for the Aristo Pico 840 ranges from PLN 1,023 (VAT included) for the Linux Ubuntu 8.04 version, or PLN 1,194 (VAT included) for the Windows XP Home version. The units come with a 24 month warranty and will be available throughout Poland.

In addition to the Aristo Pico 840, the Aristo Pico series includes the earlier 640 and 740 models which are also based on the VIA C7-M ULV processor platform. The Aristo Pico 640 comes with a 7″ screen and is powered by the VIA 1.0GHz C7-M processor, with the VX800 chipset, while the Aristo Pico 740, powered by a VIA 1.2 GHz C7-M processor with the VX700 chipset, sports a 7″ WVGA with touch screen capabilities. More information on these models can be found at the VIA Partners’ Mobility Device webpage.

About the VIA C7-M ULV Processor

The VIA Ultra Mobile Platform is based on the very low power consuming x86 VIA C7-M ULV processor that has been specifically designed for small form factor Ultra Mobile Devices. The VIA C7-M ULV processor utilizes the advanced VIA CoolStream architecture and is manufactured using an advanced 90nm process for high levels of power efficiency.

VIA C7-M ULV processors are available at speeds from 1.0-1.6GHz with a maximum thermal design power (TDP) of only 3.5 watts, and idle power as low as 0.1 watt, greatly enhancing 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.

About Comes SA, Poland

Established in 1987, Comes SA was one of the first private commercial companies to be registered in Poland. Comes focuses on installing computer systems and selling laptops, netbooks, smartphones, navigations systems, accessories and software. In 1994, the company started to specialize in laptops and came out with their own brand of notebook, the Aristo.

About VIA Technologies, Inc.

VIA Technologies, Inc is the foremost fabless supplier of power efficient x86 processor platforms that are driving system innovation in the PC, client, ultra mobile and embedded markets. Combining energy-saving processors with digital media chipsets and advanced connectivity, multimedia and networking silicon enables a broad spectrum of computing and communication platforms, including its widely acclaimed ultra compact mainboards. 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 and system integrators.

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