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VIA VN1000 northbridge promises frugal Blu-ray 1080p performance

VIA VN1000 northbridge promises frugal Blu-ray 1080p performance

Ah, the humble northbridge; neither as earnest as the processor nor as glamourous as the dedicated video card, it works its subtle charms and waits in vain for recognition.  If VIA have their way, though, the northbridge will soon be declared the saviour of the proletariat: the new VIA VN1000 is intended for entry-level all-in-ones, SFF machines and budget desktops, instilling them with DirectX 10.1 support and the ability to play back 1080p Blu-ray content.

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Shenzhen HT560 MID packs VIA C7 CPU

Shenzhen HT560 MID packs VIA C7 CPU

Given how popular Android has tuned out to be among no-name tablet manufacturers, it's almost a surprise to see a new Windows XP slate.  Still, the Shenzhen Seed Industrial Co. HT560 has a few tricks up its sleeve: behind the 5.6-inch WVGA 800 x 480 touchscreen lurks VIA's 1GHz C7 processor rather than the Intel Atom we've come to expect, paired with 1GB of memory and between 8GB and 32GB of SSD storage.

VIA Mobile-ITX shrinks computer-on-module even further

VIA Mobile-ITX shrinks computer-on-module even further

VIA have announced their latest embedded device mainboard, and if you thought Pico-ITX had been spending too much time among the pie-aisles then the VIA Mobile-ITX form factor should please you.  Measuring 6 x 6 cm - 50-percent smaller than Pico-ITX, in fact - the board is a computer-on-system module incorporating CPU, memory and chipset, and is intended to be paired with IO boards offering various degrees of connectivity.

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VIA VB8003 Mini-ITX gets dual HDMI, can drive 5 displays at once [Video]

VIA VB8003 Mini-ITX gets dual HDMI, can drive 5 displays at once [Video]

When you start calling your new product the "ultimate Mini-ITX HD multimedia platform" you better have some meat to back it up, but we've a feeling VIA's new mainboard will be able to deliver.  The VIA VB8003 is the world's first such 'board with discrete onboard graphics, capable of pumping out 1080p high-definition video through two HDMI ports; there's also a DVI port and a VGA port.

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Pierre Cardin PC-729 UMPC lands in China

Pierre Cardin PC-729 UMPC lands in China

Chalk another one up to bizarre branding: you're looking at the Pierre Cardin PC-729 UMPC, the handiwork of Shenzhen Industries, and while you might assume the Chinese firm have "borrowed unofficially" the designer branding, in actual fact this is the result of a legitimate licensing deal.  The PC-729 has a 7-inch 800 x 480 WVGA resistive touchscreen, 1.2GHz VIA C7-M processor and 16GB SSD, and is set to hit Chinese shelves priced at 2980 yuan ($436).

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VIA eNote 11.6-inch ultraportable gets WiMAX [Video]

VIA eNote 11.6-inch ultraportable gets WiMAX [Video]

VIA have unveiled their latest ultrathin notebook, the eNote Turnkey Solution, a wireless-packing ultraportable based on the company's 1.3GHz Nano CPU and a choice of WiMAX, HSDPA and EVDO Rev.A modules.  Intended to be offered by carriers rather than direct to consumers, the VIA eNote has an 11.6-inch WXGA LCD and VX800 graphics chipset.

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VIA EPIA N700-10EW Nano-ITX board scoffs at extreme temperature

VIA EPIA N700-10EW Nano-ITX board scoffs at extreme temperature

VIA's Nano-ITX boards have already acquired something of a following among people building tiny embedded computers, HTPC-style media streamers or other compact gadgets, but what happens if you want to take your media-PC-in-a-toaster to the nearest desert or mountain top?  Step forward the VIA EPIA N700-10EW, an unassuming name for a low-power board capable of running in temperatures from minus 20-degrees centigrade to plus 70-degrees.

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