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Several financial analysts have weighed in on AMD's Q2 performance since the company announced results, and their collective opinion has been anything but good. In the wake of its earnings call, AMD has been taken to task over its failure to provide an answer to Atom (or a netbook processor in general), weak margins, and strong competition from Nehalem and the mainstream parts based on it that will launch in the second half of this year. If you want the full tally, have a look at ZDNet's report here. A number of these criticisms are well-founded, but dinging the company for its supposed failure in the netbook market indicates that the analysts in question have a weak grasp on both CPU development... Read more...
Once touted as the manufacturer who put Linux-powered PCs on the shelves at Wal-Mart, troubled Everex has closed its US operations and headed for home. While it operated in the US, Everex was noted both for its ultra-low-cost systems and the fact that its computers used Linux rather than Windows. Everex also teamed up with web OS/applications provider Zonbu and offered Zonbu-based solutions in both a desktop and a laptop form factor. Everex was apparently unable to leverage the cautious praise it earned for some of these efforts into an effective profit engine. It's unclear if Everex's departure from the US is a sign of further product changes to come or if the company is simply recentering around... Read more...
We can remember a time when VIA was rarely mentioned when talking CPUs, but now the company has made a ferocious comeback that has its processors slipping into netbooks, small form factor PCs and now, Fujitsu thin clients.Starting today, Fujitsu will utilize VIA's Eden ULV (Ultra Low Voltage) processor for its next generation FUTRO thin client series. Said chip will provide 500MHz of power with a low TDP of just one watt. The first FUTRO to featur ethe chip will be the S100, a completely fanless and silent thin client and virtual workplace solution.VIA's angle is that more and more companies are selecting its low-power CPUs due to the benefits of going green, and in fact, the entire S100 system... Read more...
For the most part, "netbook" and "HD capable" really don't go together. Particularly if it's a netbook equipped with the all too familiar Atom N270 + GMA 950 combo. But things look a bit different if the machine is loaded with innards from a different manufacturer...namely, VIA. The unheard of Shenzhen Zaiben Technology Company, likely a low-rate Chinese OEM, has just introduced a new "clamshell PC" dubbed the F88, which looks to be one of the most multimedia-friendly netbooks to date. Boasting a 10" display with a common 1024x600 resolution, the machine also features a 1.6GHz VIA Nano processor, a 160GB hard drive, Windows XP, 1GB of memory, and a 1.3MP webcam. The real kicker is the VIA VX855... Read more...
Wow Shuttle, branching out, are we? The company made famous for delivering rectangular barebones kits that ruled the SFF roost for years is now spreading its wings and delving into more low-power type rigs. Don't believe us? Have a look at the latest release from VIA, which proves that Shuttle is accepting VIA's Nano CPU in its newest small form factor PC. The fanless Shuttle XS29F is smaller and less flashy than most of Shuttle's wares, and the company is targetting home users and small business users who don't really need loads of horsepower to handle basic daily work tasks such as email, Word processing and spreadsheet creation. Furthermore, the fanless design ensures that the unit remains... Read more...
VIA Offers Customized Security Solution Service to Embedded Customers VIA demos end-to-end cryptographic security solutions at Computex 2009 Taipei, Taiwan,  May 21, 2009 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today announced that it will be showing examples of its customized security solution service at Computex 2009, helping customers to employ a comprehensive and effective security infrastructure in all segments. VIA Nano, VIA C7 and VIA Eden processor platforms are the only processors that currently offer a built-in Advanced Cryptographic Engine. In order to better help customers access this unique feature, VIA is now offering a... Read more...
With Intel getting hit with that massive $1.45 billion fine this past week, it's got the whole technology industry thinking about the ins and outs of antitrust. Granted, we fully expect that Dell has had this here deal cooking for some time now, but the timing of this introduction is almost poetic. For the longest while, Dell has offered processors from Intel, a few from AMD and... well, that's about it. Starting next, all that changes. According to a new report from The New York Times, the Texas-based PC maker is gearing up to unveil a new, unique system that uses a dozen full servers running on chips from none other than VIA. In fact, the strange device will utilize rarely seen but energy-efficient... Read more...
Not sure if you've noticed, but VIA is definitely getting deep into the media server game. Shortly after launching its NSD7200 2-bay Windows Home Server device, the company has today introduced a new motherboard aimed specifically at these very servers. The VB8002 Mini-ITX board brings the performance efficiency of the VIA Nano processor to consumer-focused server products, and to date, it's been Intel's Atom stuck within most of these devices.Not surprisingly, it looks like VIA is eager to steal away some of that market share, and this is a perfect area to do it. Media servers don't require huge amounts of horsepower, yet it's crucial for them to sip down power as opposed to sucking it down.... Read more...
Frankly, many technology pundits have already brushed WiMAX aside as a failed attempt to become the next high-speed mobile data protocol. With LTE gaining massive support, it's hard to envision WiMAX -- a technology that is already deployed in many areas of the world -- hanging around for too long. If VIA has anything to say about it, however, it'll do just fine.Today, VIA Technologies -- the company responsible for low-power processors in UMPCs, embedded devices and select netbooks -- has announced its participation in the Tatung University WiMAX Application Lab project that brings together industry partners and Taiwan government agencies to launch a completely WiMAX covered campus. Not surprisingly,... Read more...
While many in the chip making and consumer electronics business are contracting, VIA's expanding. Today, the company has just announced its entry into the design manufacturing service business, which will enable it to provide flexible system hardware solutions, starting with the NSD7200 home storage and media server pictured below.Now, VIA's definitely had time to dabble in small form factor, embedded and IPC markets, so branching out into this market shouldn't take you completely by surprise. VIA's goal here is to combine energy-efficient processor platforms and high quality chassis designs with a full design manufacturing service and comprehensive engineering support, thus providing better... Read more...
While most of the world keys in on Intel, AMD and ARM, VIA is quietly slinking around the corner waiting to steal away some of that precious market share. After debuting a potent solution for 1080p-capable netbooks and bringing its IVP-7500 into motor vehicles, the company is now flaunting its P710-HD module, which does its best to turn the VIA EPIA-P710 Pico-ITXe board into a multimedia playback powerhouse.Indeed, the P710-HD is the first expansion module ever created for EPIA-P710, boasting the 4300E embedded graphics processor from S3 Graphics. Said device is also the first Pico-I/O module for stackable Pico-ITXe boards, enabling high definition playback and advanced graphics in an "extremely... Read more...
You have to wonder -- how many more new chip releases does VIA have queued up for this month? After announcing its VX855 Media System Processor and its Surfboard C855 reference design, the company famous for its low-power, low-cost processors is delivering another new one. Unlike those other examples, though, this one's aimed straight at your automobile.The IVP-7500 board is the first in a forthcoming line of dedicated x86 in-vehicle platforms for developers of car PCs and intelligent transportation devices, and while carputers aren't anything new, VIA is hoping to expand the niche by adding new features that even general drivers can appreciate. For instance, this board could be used to bring... Read more...
Making sure not to waste a single moment, VIA is already looking to capitalize on its recently introduced VX855 Media System Processor. Over at the VIA Global Mobility Bazaar (GMB) Tech Forum Spring in Shenzhen, China, the company has showcased its Surfboard C855 Reference Design, which aims to provide netbook makers with an all-encompassing solution to put a 1080p-capable system within a shell designed for a 10" to 12" display.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... Read more...
Not satisfied with simply introducing a new platform that's more diminutive than the already tiny Mini-ITX, VIA has stepped in with an all new media system processor that aims to bring power efficiency to 1080p-capable systems. The VX855 MSP offers up hardware-based H.264 video acceleration in a staggeringly small, highly integrated single chip package with an ultra low TDP of 2.3 watts. Interestingly enough, we're now wondering if this here chip isn't in Habey's latest mini HTPC, and if not, if it'll be in that unit's successor. Asides, um, aside, VIA tells us that this new chipset is aimed specifically at the small form factor and mobile PC markets, and we couldn't be more elated to hear that... Read more...
Late last month, VIA came clean with its very first Pico-ITX box, and now the company is unveiling an entirely new form factor: Em-ITX. Reportedly, it's the first form factor that comes standard with "dual I/O coastlines." The benefit? It should reduce cable clutter, improve airflow and enable sub-2-centimeter high embedded systems. That last bit is rather important, as you aren't apt to see this pushed much in the consumer realm. Rather, it will likely be reserved for enterprise customers and those dealing specifically with embedded products. Think car PCs, digital signage, home automation, and the like. The new design is around 30 percent more compact than Mini-ITX, yet it offers up a whopping... Read more...
Samsung Adopts VIA Nano Processor for the Samsung NC20 12.1" Mini-Notebook VIA Nano processor platform enables the Samsung NC20 to deliver superior performance and battery life in a sleek 12.1" mini-notebook form factorVIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, announced that Samsung has adopted the VIA Nano processor in the new Samsung NC20 mini-notebook. Combining the power efficient 1.3+GHz VIA Nano processor with the highly-integrated VIA VX800 system media processor, the Samsung NC20 also features a stunning 1280x800 12.1" display, ensuring an outstanding video experience and enabling a full-size 12" notebook keyboard with optimized 18.5mm key... Read more...
If you thought Shuttle's idea of "small form factor" was small, wait until you wrap your mind around this. Today, VIA has introduced the first Pico-ITX fanless embedded box computer with its AMOS-3000. The hand-sized computer was designed to handle industrial environments, but this could also be tweaked in order to fit within a vehicle, a wall, rack, etc. In other words, with a box this tiny, your options are close to limitless.The unit is also VIA's very first embedded box computer of any kind, and it's based on the company's EPIA-P700 Pico-ITX board. The external chassis is comprised of heavy-duty steel, aluminum and copper in a unique heat fin design that offers "superb" heat dissipation.... Read more...
We know -- huge shock, right? As with the GPU market right now, the CPU market is also struggling, and a recent report from research firm IDC suggests that it'll continue to do so throughout the first half of 2009. With both Intel and AMD reeling from tough Q4s, it wouldn't take a full blown report for the layperson to assume that chip demand was sinking. That said, we'll always take the facts over speculation.The IDC article noted that "worldwide PC microprocessor shipments fell significantly in the fourth calendar quarter of 2008, and further demand decline in 1Q09 points to a very poor outlook for the first half of this year." By the numbers, global PC processor unit shipments declined 17... Read more...
VIA Announces Power-Efficient 8-Bay 2U Rackmount ServerThe VIA NSR7800 expands VIA's family of storage and server solutions to include a radically more energy-efficient rackmount server product that uses at least 50% less energy Taipei, Taiwan, February 11 2009 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today announced the VIA NSR7800 2U rackmount server for network storage solution providers. Powered by a 1.5GHz VIA C7 processor, the VIA NSR7800 offers system integrators the opportunity to provide unparalleled power and energy-efficient server solutions to today's energy-conscious small and medium sized business customers. With eight 3.5" S-ATA... Read more...
It's tough out there for just about everyone these days, but AMD, NVIDIA and Intel could be facing some rather huge hurdles in particular. According to a detailed excerpt from a newly released Jon Peddie Research study, the graphics market in Q1 and Q2 of 2009 are forecast to be especially slow. In fact, it's noted that those two quarters will "probably [showcase] the worst Q1 and Q2 decline we've seen since the Internet bubble burst of 2000."This grim outlook comes hot on the heels of a somewhat surprisingly weak fourth quarter of 2008 -- a quarter that is traditionally hot with holiday sales of new machines and standalone GPUs. Specifically, shipments of chips that power graphics in PCs, medical... Read more...
VIA To Demonstrate Innovative Notebooks and Small Form Factor PCs during CES 2009VIA redefines PC user experience with stylish desktop, notebook and ultra mobile systems based on the high performance, low power VIA Nano processor Taipei, Taiwan, January 7, 2009 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today announced that it will participate in the annual Lunch@Piero's media event, to be held during CES in Las Vegas on January 8th and 9th. Attendees will be able to see a host of high performance mini-notes, thin and light notebooks, eco-friendly PCs, and power efficient embedded systems designed for a new digital world where Small is Beautiful,... Read more...
VIA Trinity Platform Brings Hi-Def to Small SpacesTriple-punch combination of a VIA processor, VIA media system processor and S3 Graphics discrete GPU delivers DirectX 10.1, Hi-Def video, Blu-ray and Windows Vista to the SFF desktop, notebook and embedded markets Taipei, Taiwan, 18 December 2008 - VIA Technologies, Inc., a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today announced a powerful new 3-chip silicon platform that brings HD performance to ultra compact systems for a far richer user experience.  While desktop PCs, notebooks and embedded devices are getting smaller and thinner, demands on system resources are growing by the day, with higher definition video content,... Read more...
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