VIA and Everex Launch World’s Most Energy Efficient Notebook


VIA C7®-M Processor powers new 15.4” portable computer

EverexTaipei, Taiwan, 26 October 2006 – VIA Technologies, Inc., a leading innovator and developer of silicon chip technologies and PC platform solutions, and Everex Systems, Inc., a world leader in the design and production of personal computers, today unveiled the StepNote NC1500 notebook: the first Everex notebook to make use of the advanced VIA C7®-M processor.

Employing a 15.4” widescreen display with DiamondBrite Technology, built-in wireless LAN and DVD burner, the US$498 computer utilizes the VIA C7-M processor to provide ultra-low power consumption, advanced security features and 1.5GHz performance at a mere 12W peak power. 

“Teaming up with VIA, Everex has been able to create an exciting new category of energy efficient portable computers,” stated John Lin, Vice President of Sales for Everex.  “Unlike products which rely on costly, power hungry processors or potentially hazardous batteries, the ground-breaking design of the NC1500 provides consumers with a true, no-compromise alternative.”

With a shared commitment to developing energy-efficient, environmentally friendly products, the results of the collaborative effort is expected to aid users in reducing their overall electricity usage, resulting in a lower total cost of ownership.  According to the two organizations, utilization of VIA Enhanced PowerSaver™ technology and VIA TwinTurbo™ allow the laptop to dynamically transition between intermediate power states, providing users with 20% longer battery life then comparable systems.

“The latest notebook from Everex embodies the ‘Simply Mobile’ spirit of the VIA C7-M processor in enabling truly portable computing,” commented Epan Wu, Deputy Director of CPU Product Marketing, VIA Technologies, Inc. “With the best performance-per-watt operation in the industry and innovative features such as Enhanced PowerSaver technology and the PadLock Security Engine, we’re confident that the NC1500 will be a front runner in a market yearning for robust mobile solutions.”

In addition to the model NC1500, Everex offers consumers a full line of desktop and notebook computers, available in over 2,900 Wal-Mart locations throughout the US. 

StepNote NC1500 Key Features
•    Processor: 1.5GHz VIA C7- M processor
•    Operating System: Microsoft® Windows® XP Home Edition with Service Pack 2
•    Graphics: VIA UniChrome™ Pro with Chromotion CE Video Display Engine
•    Memory: 512MB DDR2 SDRAM (2 Slots)
•    Hard Disk Drive: 60GB, 4200 PATA
•    Optical Drive: DVD+/-RW with Dual Layer Support
•    Display: 15.4” TFT , 1280 x 800 (WXGA) with DiamondBrite Technology
•    LAN: 10/100 Ethernet
•    Wireless: IEEE 802.11b/g
•    I/O: (1) DB 15-Pin VGA, (3) USB 2.0 ports, (1) RJ45, (1) RJ-11, (1) Headphone/Line Out, (1) Microphone/ Line In
•    Battery: Lithium Ion
•    Dimensions: 14.1” x 10.7” x 0.9 – 1.5” (W x D x H)
•    Weight: 5.3lbs
•    UPC: 853031001405
•    MSRP: $498.00
*Specifications may be subject to change

To learn more about Everex and the new NC1500, visit For information regarding the VIA C7®-M processor, see:


Joel M.

Wow, I’ve never seen a 3-cell laptop battery. That’s amazing that it gets 1.5 hours of battery life on a 3-cell battery. Imagine if they used the industry standard 6-cell battery.

Anton P. Nym

Ongoing thread on the Q1b (with VIA processor) over on the Origami Project forum: Users are reporting 4-5 hour battery life with the standard 3-cell.

Truth be told, I can’t see myself rushing out to buy a StepNote. It might have appeal to those looking for a budget system (the price is good) but for me it falls between my requirements for either portability or horsepower.

— Steve

John Christian

Hehe yes thats what I also looked for immediately. Its a bit over the edge marketing this as a 12 watt CPU system where the rest of the components use a lot of the total battery juice. I would have thought Via would have been more careful with their partners on this. Also, the whole laptop weights a whopping 5.9 lbs (2.6 kg) which is also appaling imo. I wish Vias partners had put their effort into providing the world with a small and lightweight laptop instead. I assume its the same processor (C7) this is in the Samsung Q1 Via version – which might show its potential considering that the battery lifetime is suppsedly double on these devices. Have anyone got a link to a review of the Via version?


And what sort of battery life does this super efficient technology give us? Let’s look at the spec on their Everex website:

“Battery: 3-Cell, Rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery averages +1.5 hours of mobile computing”

Ah yes. 1.5 hrs, quite amazing :)

Right below that number, I read “* Additional charges may apply”. I am sure they meant something else, but I interpret this as the user having to recharge this laptop quite often :)

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