VIA have announced the VIPRO VP7710, a fanless touchscreen panel PC intended for industrial and commercial applications but likely to prompt at least a little interest from domestic custom installers. Based on either a 1.6GHz VIA Eden or 1.0GHz C7 processor with up to 1GB of DDR2 RAM, the primary means of input is using the 10.4-inch water and dust resistant touch panel.
Intel's Atom 330 is most definitely intended for the nettop, not the netbook, market, we're told, and so hopes were high that the latest super-efficient chip would offer a pleasing boost of dual-core performance what with battery concerns no longer an issue. PC Pro brought a Shuttle barebones - I'm guessing the X27D - based on the Atom 330 in from the cold and proceeded to benchmark it against not only the single-core Atom N270 but a 2GHz VIA C7-D system too. The results were, to be blunt, mildly disappointing.
It seems like earlier plans for NVIDIA and VIA to team up on a netbook project have since fallen by the wayside, though the two companies will continue to work on desktop technologies.
NVIDIA and VIA signed a deal in April, that tied the two corporations to developing a netbook platform that would combine NVIDIA GeForce 9400M chipsets with the VIA C7 and Nano CPUs. This would have made for a very speedy netbook and even mobile Internet devices.
VIA have taken the wraps off of their first Mini-ITX board to use the company's Nano processor, the replacement to the low-power C7-M. The VIA VB8001 board features the 1.6GHz processor itself, support for up to 4GB of DDR2 RAM, gigabit ethernet and two SATA ports. There's also a mini-PC slot for adding wireless broadband cards.
The Apricot Picobook Pro - one of the few netbooks to use VIA's 1.2GHz C7-M processor - has been put through its paces by the Register Hardware team, and while this isn't the killer budget ultraportable the company might have hoped it was, it has its fair share of notable features. Aside from the CPU, the Picobook Pro also stands out from the netbook crowd by having WiFi 'a' support, as well as an ExpressCard slot.
The sequel to HP's Mini-Note 2133 netbook has shown up on the company's online store. Called the HP Mini 1000, the netbook measures less than 1-inch thick and weighs from 2.25lbs; it also has a new, black casing and appears to be intended as a more entry-level machine than the 2133. The new price certainly bears that out: the HP Mini 1000 netbook costs from just $399.
More laptops, netbooks and mobile workstations than you could shake the proverbial stick at this week, with fresh offerings (and more than a few rumors) from many of the big companies. HP took the wraps off of three mobile workstations, complete with an amazing 17-inch DreamColor option, while Dell and Lenovo both had a version of their own. Dell went for pure specs, with a maximum 16GB of RAM in their Precision, while Lenovo took a more offbeat view and added a digitizer panel in their W700's palmrest.
A little more compact, Dell launched their fourth generation Latitude E-series models, and SlashGear was in San Francisco to bring you live images. Dell's attempt for the headlines included 19hr battery life (on one particular model) and Instant On functionality. All well and good, but Gateway perhaps just eases ahead in the bargain stakes with their new P-7811FX Centrino 2 gaming notebook.
HP have placed an order with VIA for their latest ultramobile chipset, the Nano, according to industry sources. VIA, while declining to name specific buyers, has confirmed that they have received orders from "a certain first-tier notebook vendor" with intent to release a product using the Nano CPU by October 2008. However it's uncertain whether HP intend to use the Nano in their existing Mini-Note netbook range or in a more mainstream device.