VIA Debuts Solution For 1080p-Capable Netbooks
If you'll recall, the aforementioned VX855 has no troubles handling 1080p material, and currently, no value priced netbook can even come close to playing back 1,920 x 1,080 content without loads of stops, jumps and stutters. The Surfboard C855 is said to include a C7-M ULV processor, the VX855 and "advanced VIA multimedia and connectivity silicon that has been specifically designed for easy integration into devices targeted at the rapidly growing mini-notebook market." VIA's hoping that its design will be snapped up by OEMs looking for a pre-built solution that will reduce their time to market, and given the insatiable desire for 1080p at the lowest level of notebooks, we don't figure it'll have a tough time finding buyers.
In VIA's words: "The VIA Surfboard C855 meets [the demand for HD on netbooks] by providing flawless playback of high bit-rate 1080p HD video, which along with support for internal display resolutions of up to 1,366 x 768 pixels and external display resolutions up to 1,920 x 1,440 pixels, the latest high definition VIA Vinyl Audio, and a wide range of connectivity options, allows for a rich on-the-go multimedia experience."
No question, VIA has a huge edge on rivals like Intel and NVIDIA here, but it's surely just a matter of time before those behemoths catch up and push out HD-capable solutions of their own. Let the HD netbook wars begin!