We’ll have to see how this new chipset performs in the real world, but the newly announced Via VN896 should add greater capabilities to notebooks and UMPCs; updates include:
"The VIA VN896 chipset features the VIA Chrome9™ HC integrated graphics processor (IGP) featuring a DirectX® 9.0 3D accelerator for high performance and a 2D accelerator for productivity applications. The 3D graphics engine of the VN896 chipset offers the industry’s only simultaneous usage of single-pass multitexturing and single-cycle trilinear filtering, providing stunning image quality without performance loss.
Also integrated is the latest generation Chromotion™ video display engine, featuring advanced video processing, including acceleration for MPEG-2 decoding, and picture enhancement through adaptive de-interlacing technology and video deblocking, all executed in hardware to offset the processor workload. The VIA VN896 also features versatile LCD panel, CRT and TV-out support, to as high as 1080i high definition, while separate display engines enable two outputs to display at the same time, with different information at different resolutions, pixel depths and refresh rates."
There’s some good news on the bus speed support as well as max memory also:
"With FSB of 800/667/533/400 MHz, the VIA VN896 digital media IGP chipset supports VIA C7®-M mobile processors as well as Intel® Pentium® M/Core™ Solo/Core Duo/Core2 Duo super scalar processors. It includes two high bandwidth PCI Express ports, including one 16-lane PCI Express and one single lane port. Flexible memory options include support for DDR2 667/533/400 or DDR 400/333 with a maximum of 4GB."