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TongFang Imini S1 Mini-Note first with VIA Nano CPU

TongFang Imini S1 Mini-Note first with VIA Nano CPU

While at one point it looked like Sony could be the first to sign up for VIA's OpenBook budget ultraportable reference design and its Nano processor, all is quiet from the Japanese giant; instead, TongFang has the first official use of the Nano CPU we've seen.  Their Imini S1 Mini-Note couples the 1.2GHz processor with the VIA VX700 chipset, together with 512MB of RAM and an 80GB traditional hard-drive.  What's strange is that they didn't use the newer VX800 chipset, as found in the OpenBook.

Sony first to get VIA OpenBook ultraportable?

Sony first to get VIA OpenBook ultraportable?

Rumors are flourishing that Sony are the first name connected with VIA's OpenBook ultraportable reference design, which the chip company unveiled last week.  The leak came from the WiMAX Expo currently being held at Taipei, with manufacturer Quanta Computer showing an OpenBook-based notebook which turned out to list Sony as its manufacturer.

"A check of the laptop's properties confirmed the laptop is based on a 1.6GHz C7-M processor from Via and listed Sony as the manufacturer. When the existence of Sony's name on the machine was pointed out to a Quanta executive manning the booth, he quickly closed the properties window and declined to explain why Sony was listed as the manufacturer" Sumner Lemon, PC World

SlashGear Week in Review – June 1st

SlashGear Week in Review – June 1st

The major news this week came out of Google's IO Conference, with the Android team unveiling the latest build of the mobile platform and a slick touchscreen handset to demonstrate it on.  We usually leave cellphone news to our sister sites PHONE Magazine and SlashPhone, but the Android handset - complete with compass-navigated Street View and slick animations - was too good to miss.  Considering the feedback over at Android Community, Google look like they've recaptured any momentum lost since MWC in February.

VIA announce Nano processor: 4x faster than C7 CPU

VIA announce Nano processor: 4x faster than C7 CPU

VIA has announced their latest mobile processor, the Nano, based on the company's Isaiah Architecture and promising up to four times the performance of the existing VIA C7 CPU while remaining within the same power range.  Two versions will be made: the L-series for mainstream desktop and mobile PC systems, and the U-series that provides ultra-low voltage performance for small-form-factor desktop and ultra mobile devices.  Both are pin-to-pin compatible with the C7, meaning hardware upgrades should be relatively straightforward (for manufacturers, at least).

VIA OpenBook mini-note reference ultraportable revealed

VIA OpenBook mini-note reference ultraportable revealed

VIA has unveiled its latest ultraportable notebook reference design, the OpenBook mini-note, intended to promote its C7-M ULV based Ultra Mobile Platform.  Combining the low-voltage and economical processor with the company's own VX800 digital media IGP chipset, the OpenBook has an 8.9-inch screen and a choice of WiMAX, HSDPA and EV-DO/W-CDMA modules for mobile connectivity.  The OpenBook also has dual 2-megapixel webcams (internal and on the outer lid) together with up to 2GB of RAM, which should cater reasonably for the choice of Vista Basic, XP or various Linux flavors.

VIA fanless 500MHz PX5000EG Pico-ITX board

VIA fanless 500MHz PX5000EG Pico-ITX board

VIA has dropped its already-compact Pico-ITX boards into a hot wash and come up with the PX5000EG, measuring in at just 3.9 x 2.8-inches.  The small size is due to VIA dropping the processor speed down to just 500MHz (compared to the existing 1GHz PX1000G) and thus being able to leave off any active cooling.  It'll still support up to 1GB of RAM, though, and has hardware MPEG-2/-4 and WMV9 hardware decoding acceleration. 

MSI and Gigabyte launching new budget notebooks end of Q2

MSI and Gigabyte launching new budget notebooks end of Q2

According to a Chinese-language paper, Commercial Times, there are sources that say that MSI will be launching its Wind notebook in 8.9 and/or 10 inch sizes priced between $470 and $1099. I don’t know what kind of budget PC they are marketing that is going to cap out at a little over a thousand dollars though.

NVIDIA working on under $45 integrated chipset capable of 36 GFLOPS

NVIDIA working on under $45 integrated chipset capable of 36 GFLOPS

NVIDIA is fighting with everyone in the business, first it was their long time feud with competitor ATI, and then AMD bought them and inherited that beef, now NVIDIA is fighting with Intel claiming they can easily out-perform Intel’s Celeron-based 945 IGP/ICH4 setup. They are also claiming that their system will be the most affordable Vista Premium Certified system available at under $45.

Asus Eee Box coming soon – pictures to satiate for now

Asus Eee Box coming soon – pictures to satiate for now

More specifically it’s a picture. We still know more or less diddly about the system specs. Also, we aren’t entirely sure this is a picture of the Eee Box, but judging from looks alone, it seems pretty accurate.

If it’s anything like the Eee notebooks it should be a pretty nice computer for an extremely low price. The only downside is that you’ll have to buy your own monitor, and possibly your own keyboard and mouse.

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