VIA feeds fuel to the mini-note fire with new reference design


ViaopenbookWhen James and I heard directly from VIA over the weekend about an upcoming product announcement, we were hoping it would be on the availability of VIA’s new Isaiah CPU. It wasn’t, but the news is still pretty interesting and makes sense, given the momentum that the sub-notebook market has right now. If you remember, the VIA NanoBook reference design for a sub- or mini-note was seen in several iterations from folks like Everex, Packard Bell and about 14 others. Well, there’s a new reference design out from VIA and they’ve made it even easier for companies to build and sell devices in this hot sector.The new VIA Open-Book reference improves on the older NanoBook in several areas. The new VX800 chipset offers performance gains in multi-media apps and there are two internal modules so companies can choose the best connectivity options for their customers out of WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, HSDPA, EV-DO, WiMAX and more. All of the designs are based around the VIA C7-M for now, a 2.5-inch 80 GB hard drive, three USBs, an Ethernet jack, a 2 MP dual-head webcam and a 8.9-inch display running at 1024 x 600, all with a weight of around 2 pounds. Three hours of battery life is expected with a four-cell battery, but that’s likely to vary based on a vendor’s choice of OS and connectivity.It’s a smart move by VIA for a few reasons. It offers a savings to computer companies by taking care of all the base design work. They can easily just go with the reference design or spend a little time and money with some tweaks to make it their own. With the OpenBook designed around the VIA C7-M, it of course sells more CPUs for the company. Speaking of CPUs, isn’t Isaiah expected to fit in the same socket as a C7-M? If so, the OpenBook may be even more appealing to sellers: they’ve got a CPU upgrade ready for a next gen product without any major design changes or cost. You can see plenty more of this open design option at a special site VIA created for it:



wow, now VIA even fails at this too. they have been positioning Isaiah as a competitor to Atom for quite awhile. even OEM’s like HP were under that belief as they stated they would have gone with it if it had been available. i guess during some additional testing VIA realized Isaiah just couldnt cut it in subnotes.

so now instead of releasing a chip that could have dominated the subnote market, they are going to release it to the mainstream mid-size laptop market where it will get absolutely destroyed by Intel & AMD.

so do monkeys run that company? oh well, i had pretty much given up on them anyways.


I can’t see why heat dissipation would be an issue for a chip that’s supposed to have lower power consumption.


but the point is, for a CPU that was *suppose* to be in full rollout by June they are NOT talking about it at all anymore. especially considering the Atom will be in full production starting in June.

it seems as of the lousy C7-M has gotten a 2nd wind & they are going to milk it for all it’s worth.

VIA is pretty much a joke company, they cant do anything right or even get what they do have out on time. Intel is getting ready to steal away from VIA the only market they ever had. dont be surprised if this is VIA’s last entry into the x86 market.

**side note** pin-compatibility doesnt necessarily mean they can follow the same reference design, things like heat dissipation can alter design choices.


The C7-m and Isaiah use the same socket, don’t they?

This reference design could easily be shifted to Isaiah, just as they’ve said they could easily do with the Mini-Note.


Via needs to stop beating that dead ass horse C7-M into the ground. it’s mentioned all through the PR, they even use it in the logo. it’s been 2 YEARS, please release something NEW for once. geeez, what kind of a joke company are you guys running? Via should be embarrassed of themselves & their complete lack of progression.

hey VIA, i like Isaiah, i like it better than Atom. i will never ever buy a C7-M after the lousy OQO 02. i will tell anybody i meet to never buy a C7-M, i will do the same on message boards, chat, in my column, etc. get off your asses & get Isaiah out, you still couldnt even beat Intel to market on their subpar chip. this is why your failing & nobody respects your company. even the only market you’ve ever dominated (small, quiet, efficient, shuttle PC’s) is talking about switching over to Atom/Dual-Core Atom upon release. why? because they are all stick stuck with older than dirt C3’s.

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