Key features of the VX900 include hardware acceleration using VIA's ChromotionHD 2.0 engine for a range of popular video codecs -- including H.264, MPEG-2, VC-1, MPEG-4 and WMV -- DirectX 9 graphics support, DDR3 1066 memory support, and integrated support for up to eight USB ports. There is also an IDE controller, support for two SATA II drives and PCI-E 2.0, eight-channel HD audio, and support for connectivity standards like Display Port, HDMI and VGA.
The multimedia chip will be easily capable of 1080p Blu-ray movie playback according to the company, with power consumption just barely higher than the previous VIA VX855 chip at around 2W and with a CPU load of less than 20%. Of course Blu-ray playback isnít likely in a cheap netbook, but the company appears to be emphasizing the growing trend of high-definition video available on the internet via streaming.
It looks like this might be a decent alternative to the Intel Atom + Broadcom Crystal HD solution, but it remains to be seen if system integrators pick up the new chip when it hits the market sometime in the second half of 2010.
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