Chip maker VIA isn’t really in the PC making business. But the company does have a history of putting out reference designs that are often adopted by a number of computer makers. And the company’s latest reference design is one that VIA calls the eNote Turnkey Solution.
It packs an 11.6 inch, 1366 x 768 pixel display, a 1.3GHz VIA Nano CPU, and VX800 chipset with Chrome9 graphics and support for DirectX 9. The laptop also comes with options for WiMAX, HSDPA, and EV-DO/W-CDMA wireless connections.
It weighs 2.86 pounds and measures 9.4″ x 6.9″ x 1.4″. Update: As pointed out in the comments below, these dimensions seem a bit fishy for a laptop with an 11.6 inch display, but this is what the press release says.
It packs a 2 megapixel dual-headed webcam, 3 USB ports, a VGA output, audio I/O jacks, and a 4-in-1 card reader. It has a 4 cell, 2600mAh battery that VIA says should provide 3 hours of run time.
No word on when we might start to see computer makers release laptops based on this design or how much they’ll cost. But VIA Nano powered machines typically cost less than similar laptops with Intel Atom or NVIDIA ION chipsets.
VIA plan to show off the design at the 4G World show in Chicago next week, but you can check out a short video of the Turnkey Solution after the break.
Are those dimensions correct? 9.4″ wide with an 11.6″ screen? Most 10.1″ screen notebooks are a little over 10″ wide.
Good point. Those are the dimensions from the press release, but they
do seem a little fishy.
Just the VIA Tech. documentation standards at work.
At least the press release isn’t under NDA.
Yes, I am a bit bitter at the moment on the subject of “VIA”.
No, wait a minute, that is the answer –
The actual dimensions *are* under NDA,
the PR department does not have access to them.
Unless it has no frame
It has a pretty skinny bezel, but not that skinny (less than nothing:)
Another reference design for a non-publicly documented processor;
paired with a system chipset of which only Vol. 1 of 2 (or 3) volumes
is publicly available?
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Oh be still my beating heart!
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When, if ever, it runs *BSD, let me know.
This general design is actually pretty old. I’ve been waiting for one to hit the market for some time. My only concerns are just how reflective the shiny LCD surface is, and the Fn-to-the-left-of-Ctrl situation on the keyboard that may require some physical hacks to fix.
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