VIA VX855 Chipset Announced

VIA Technologies VIA has announced their new VIA VX855 MEdia System Processor (MSP)/chipset. It’s oriented towards small form factor PCs as well as mobile/ultraportable/UMPC systems. It has a Thermal Design Power (TDP) of 2.3 watts, and offers a smaller size than some current systems. VIA claims it offers smooth playback of up to 1080p High Defintion (HD) video for mini-notebooks/netbooks/ultraportables. It will support Microsoft Windows 7, as well as supporting Microsoft Windows Vista (and XP).

The graphics portion is referred to as VIA Chrome9 HCM 3D, with the video engine being referred to as VIA Chromotion.

It supports VIA’s CPUs, including the VIA Nano, C7, and Eden CPUs/processors.

– 400 – 800MHZ Front Side Bus (FSB)
– Up to 4GB of DDR2 800MHz (in two DIMM slots)
– Full DirectX 9 Support
– Supports full hardware acceleration of H.264, MPEG 2/4, DivX, WMV 9
– UDMA IDE (Kind of weird, should support SATA)
– Supports HD audio

Read: VIA Press Release