S3 Graphics, maker of the Chrome graphics chip used in the current generation HP Mini-Note, is launching a new line of GPUs designed for netbooks and low power laptops. The S3 Graphics Chrome 400 ULP series includes support for DirectX 10.1 and high definition media playback.

Three different models will be available. The Chrome 430 ULP which is the most energy efficient of the bunch, with a TDB of less than 7 watts. The Chrome 435 ULP offers a power boost, while the Chrome 440 ULP is the top of the line model with support for 1080p media playback including dual-stream Blu-Ray video playback.

All three chips including video acceleration features for handling H.264, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, VC-1, WMV-HD, AVS, and AVC videos.

The Chrome 400 ULP series is currently available and S3 says one of the first partners is Fujitsu. But I wouldn’t be surprised to see this GPU show up in the next generation HP Mini-Note as well.

via Eee PC News.de

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