VIA OpenBook

Via OpenBook

Summary: Proof of Concept, announced May, 2008, 8.9-inch Widescreen LED Backlit display, 1.6GHz VIA C7-M

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Last Updated: June 2, 2008

Similar Laptops:
– Replaces VIA NanoBook
– Part of the “netbook / sub-notebook class of ultraportables

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Product Name: VIA OpenBook
Official Page:
Manufacturer: VIA Technologies
Announced: May 27, 2008
Available: Reference Design
Status: Reference Design
Price: Reference Design
Markets: Consumer, Worldwide

– Note this is a reference design – it will be used by other netbook manufacturers who will build these using VIA parts, and rebadge them, similar to the Packard Bell Easynote XS
Sony Netbook / Sub-Notebook – VIA C7-M, 3Q 2008, Based on VIA OpenBook

– Video chipset features MPEG-2, MPEG-4, VC1 and DiVX video decoding acceleration
– Optional GPS / Bluetooth upgrade module
– LED Backlit Display
– 2MP Web cam (dual head/rotary CCD)
– Leather cover

Updates over previous models:
– Upgraded Web camera
– Larger LED Backlit display
– Upgraded chipset
– Upgraded graphics chipset

Manufacturer’s Description:
VIA offers case design and unique 3G and WiMAX wireless customization as well as new ultra mobile processor platform to bring new looks, global connectivity and better performance to the mini-note market .

Powered by the VIA C7-M ULV processor, the Windows Vista-capable VIA OpenBook mini-note reference design is a small, 1kg, 8.9″ Mini-Notebook form factor design that supports screen resolutions of up to 1024×600.

Tuned to bring great digital media performance to the mini-note market segment the VIA OpenBook delivers high performance VIA Chrome9â„¢ DirectXâ„¢ 9.0 3D graphics, advanced video acceleration for MPEG-2, MPEG-4, WMV9, VC1 and DiVX video formats, a VMR capable HD video processor and HD audio.

CPU: 1.6GHz VIA C7-M Ultra Low Voltage (ULV) CPU
Chipset: VIA VX800 unified chipset
Front-side Bus: 800MHz
Memory: DDR2 SO-DIMM
Memory Capacity: ? – 2GB

Display: 8.9″ LED-Backlit LCD Display
Resolution: 1024×600 WVGA
Widescreen: Yes
Touchscreen: No
Graphics Chipset: VIA Chrome9 HC3 DX9 3D engine
Graphics Memory: Up to 256MB (Shared)
Other: VGA Out

Hard Drive Type: Mechanical Serial ATA (SATA) or possibly SSD
Hard Drive Capacity: 80GB or above
Optical: External USB DVD Dual-Layer Writer

Wireless: Broadcom 802.11b/g or GCT 802.16e
Ethernet: 10/100/1000 Mb/s Broadcom Gigabit
Bluetooth: Optional 3in1 (AGPS+WiFI+ Blue Tooth) upgrade module
Mobile Broadband: Optional WiMAX, EV-DO /W-CDMA, HSPDA

Audio Chipset: Realtek HD Audio codec
Internal Speakers/Microphone: 2x internal speakers (stereo)
Audio I/O: 1x Microphone/Line-in, 1x Headphone/Line-out
USB: 3x USB 2.0
PC Card:
Flash/Memory Card Reader:
Other: 2MP Web cam (dual head/rotary CCD)

Trusted Platform Module (TPM):

Software & Warranty:
Operating System: Microsoft Windows XP, Windows Vista, Linux
Other Software:

Options: 4-cell, 2600ma
Battery Life:

Width: 9.45 inches / 240 mm
Depth: 6.89 inches / 175 mm
Height: 1.43 inches / 36.2 mm (at battery)
Weight: Less than 2.2 pounds / Less than 1 kg

Reviews and Articles:
VIA Press Release – May 27, 2008
– CAD Files
YouTube Movie

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