The platform supports internal display resolutions of 1366 x 768 and 1920 x 1440 for external monitors along with high definition Via Vinyl Audio. It sports a single SO-DIMM socket to take up to 2GB of 667/800 DDR2 memory and features 802.11b/g Wi-Fi, Ethernet, a built in card reader and two USB 2.0 ports. Bluetooth, GPS and 3G connectivity can also be added via third party add-ons using two Mini Card slots.
The company is hoping that its design will be snapped up by OEMs looking for a pre-built solution that will reduce their time to market. Their OpenBook netbook reference design went virtually unnoticed last year compared to Intel’s alternative, but with the latter still unable to manage full 1080p high definition playback, Via may well be onto something. It’s interesting to see however that they chose to forgo the newer Nano processor, which recently received a much needed boost from Samsung, in favor of a C7-M part – then again, the two chips are pin-compatible so upgrading shouldn’t be a problem. Detailed specs are available here.
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