Demo’d today at the VIA GMB Tech Forum Autumn, the 10”-12” VIA Surfboard NetNote Edition Platform-based designs offer users a multimedia-focused mobile experience
Taipei, Taiwan, 25 September 2009 – VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today announced partner design wins based on the new VIA Surfboard NetNote Edition Platforms. The NetNote systems were showcased earlier today at the VIA Global Mobility Bazaar (GMB) Tech Forum Autumn, held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Shenzhen, China.
Along with high bit-rate 1080p HD video playback capability, many of the NetNote systems also offer additional value with external MP3 control decks that can be operated without having to boot the OS, digital TV modules that receive CMMB standard digital video broadcasts from both satellite and terrestrial transmitters, and FM transmitter functionality that allows users to tune in car radios or cell phones to pick up broadcasts from NetNote devices.
“There is still room for mobile products that find the right blend of portability and performance in a form-factor that respects today’s internet savvy consumers,” said Tim Bajarin, Principal Strategist, Creative Strategies Inc. “Usable keyboards, higher screen resolutions and high definition media playback all touch on key user demands.”
“As the mobile device market matures we see NetNotes, with their perfect blend of performance and portability, emerging as the ideal form factor,” said Richard Brown, Vice President of Marketing, VIA Technologies, Inc. “Improved HD multimedia performance and media options further increase the NetNote’s value and appeal.”
Essentially a mashup between the netbook and the traditional notebook, NetNotes combine the portability and affordability of a netbook with the functionality and HD entertainment capabilities of a notebook in a light, high performance clamshell mobile device with long battery life, screen sizes of between 10.2″ – 12.1″, and support for flawless playback of high bit-rate 1080p HD video.
VIA offers customers NetNote turnkey systems that provide a quick, low cost approach to entering the mobile computing market or expanding current product portfolios.
About the VIA GMB Alliance
Launched in Shenzhen, China, in October 2008, the VIA Global Mobility Bazaar Alliance was established as part of VIA’s long-term commitment to inspire innovation in mobile computing devices by sharing its leading-edge technology and expertise in power efficient x86 processor platforms.
More than 40 leading Chinese manufacturers are participating in the VIA Global Mobility Bazaar, as well as infrastructure partners American Megatrends (AMI), InnoLux, ITE Tech, PQI, SanDisk and TD Hi-Tech.
A key focus of the VIA GMB Alliance is to bring innovative mobile computing devices such as mini-notebooks to fast-emerging markets around the world, as well as within China. These markets are among the fastest growing in the world and are developing a keen appetite for mobile computing.
About the VIA Surfboard NetNote Edition Platforms
Designed for 10.2″-12.1″ NetNote devices, the feature-rich yet highly power-efficient VIA Surfboard NetNote Edition Platforms feature a choice of VIA ULV processors supporting an 800MHz FSB, combined with the VIA VX855 media system processor with its support for a wide range of digital media technologies and I/O.
The advanced graphics of the VIA Surfboard NetNote Edition Platforms is powered by the high performance VIA C-9 HCM IGP and allows for flawless playback of 1080p HD video at amazingly low processor utilization levels. The boards also feature HDMI ports that can be used to deliver HD content to external displays.
The latest high definition audio is supported through VIA Vinyl 8-channel HD audio, and a rich range of connection options includes support for Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, GPS and 3G for unparalleled flexibility.
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. www.viatech.com