Friday, February 27th 2009

Samsung Adopts VIA Nano Processor for the Samsung NC20 12.1'' Mini-Notebook

VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today announced that Samsung has adopted the VIA Nano processor in the new Samsung NC20 mini-notebook.

Mobility is enhanced by 802.11b/g and Bluetooth wireless connectivity, and a six-cell battery that provides up to 6.5 hours of use independent of any power supply, while storage options include either a solid state disk or a SATA hard disk drive. Other features include an integrated 1.3 mega pixel digital motion camera, 3-in-1 memory card reader and three built-in USB ports.

"We are delighted that Samsung has adopted the VIA Nano processor for the Samsung NC20," said Richard Brown, Vice President of Marketing, VIA Technologies, Inc. "This is a truly ground-breaking product that sets the new industry standard for consumer mini-notes and clearly demonstrates the advanced performance of our VIA Nano processor platform."

Samsung NC20 Mini-Notebook Specifications

Screen: 12.1" LED WXGA (1280 x 800)
CPU: VIA Nano ULV Processor U2250 (1.3+GHz, 800MHz)
Chipset: VIA VX800 Unified Digital Media IGP Chipset
Graphics: Integrated VIA Chrome9 with DirectX 9.0 3D graphics support and hardware video acceleration
OS: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
Memory: 1GB DDR2 (1*SODMM)
Storage: 160GB HDD (9.5mmH 2.5''HDD, SATA)
Webcam: 1.3 Mega pixels web camera
LAN: 10/100Mbps LAN
Wireless: Atheros 802.11 b/g
Bluetooth: 2.0+EDR (Enhanced Data Rate)
I/O Ports: USB 2.0 x 3, Ethernet LAN, 3-in-1 card reader
Battery: 6 cells Li-ion Battery Standard
Dimensions: 292.4 mm x 217 mm x 30.7 mm
Weight: 1.52 kg
Special Feature: 6.5 hours battery life
Colour: White
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14 Comments on Samsung Adopts VIA Nano Processor for the Samsung NC20 12.1'' Mini-Notebook

#1
ShadowFold
I've been wanting a netbook! I will probably grab a VIA CPU one and install win7 on it.
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#2
to6ko91
by: ShadowFold
I've been wanting a netbook! I will probably grab a VIA CPU one and install win7 on it.
its mini-notebook not a netbook ;)

P.S. VIAs cpus are slower that Intels
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#3
lemonadesoda
w00t! First REAL product with the VIA Nano. Can't wait for the head to head shootout on performance NC10 (Atom) vs. NC20 (Nano). :pimp:
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#5
IcrushitI
Interested, tired of Intel, wheres the beef, head to head comparison.
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#6
Lazzer408
by: lemonadesoda
w00t! First REAL product with the VIA Nano. Can't wait for the head to head shootout on performance NC10 (Atom) vs. NC20 (Nano). :pimp:
Intel will hand Via it's ass with a side of potatoes.
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#7
DanishDevil
Finally some better screen resolution as well.

I'm so used to 1920x1200 and 1920x1080, I wouldn't mind a 12" 1200P netbook :D

It will be interesting to see how the public received this not being an Atom processor.
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#8
Hitman.1stGame
6.5 hours great tha's what i looking for ..:pimp:
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#9
devguy
by: to6ko91

P.S. VIAs cpus are slower that Intels
The CPU used in this netbook (or whatever you want to call it) is the Nano CPU, not the old crappy C7s. The nano can hold its own against the Atom from what I've seen.

My only beef is that the via used in the HP netbook runs really hot, and from what I understand, the HP (mini-note, I believe?) is the noisiest of the netbooks. Whereas the Dell mini 9 is the quietest (my reason for buying it) because there is not one fan- the keyboard is actually used as one big heatspreader!
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#10
crazy pyro
I don't get why people are saying the battery's good on this one, the NC10 can easily breach 10 hours just by turning the wireless off and turn the volume down.
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#11
to6ko91
by: devguy
The CPU used in this netbook (or whatever you want to call it) is the Nano CPU, not the old crappy C7s. The nano can hold its own against the Atom from what I've seen.

My only beef is that the via used in the HP netbook runs really hot, and from what I understand, the HP (mini-note, I believe?) is the noisiest of the netbooks. Whereas the Dell mini 9 is the quietest (my reason for buying it) because there is not one fan- the keyboard is actually used as one big heatspreader!
I have an HP mini-note 2133 with via (c7) and it is quiet but the cpu is crappy @ 1.2GHz the other hp models (2133) has via c7 1.6GHz and the 10 inch has an atom cpu @ 1.6GHz
Any way I will see what are the specks of the nano :cool:

P.S. Via C7 1.2 GHz has a TDP of 5W !!!
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#12
Valdez
by: to6ko91
I have an HP mini-note 2133 with via (c7) and it is quiet but the cpu is crappy @ 1.2GHz the other hp models (2133) has via c7 1.6GHz and the 10 inch has an atom cpu @ 1.6GHz
Any way I will see what are the specks of the nano :cool:

P.S. Via C7 1.2 GHz has a TDP of 5W !!!
c7 is crap, but nano is a very good processor (compared to its competition).
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#13
to6ko91
the nano is still 65nm same as c7 atom is 45nm
is the 1.6 supposed to be faster then atom or the 1.8
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#14
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The Nano is far ahead of the Atom in terms of architecture; it has 1 MB of L2 cache, compared to the Atom's 512 kb. It has Out-of-order execution, which allows it to run multiple instructions at once. The Atom uses Pentium P5 arch, which is much slower than the Pentium Pro (which uses OOO Execution).
Also, the VIA chipsets are head and shoulders above Intel's GSE945, which somewhat ballences out the power usage.
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