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VIA Announces Trinity High-Def Platform

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  1. btarunr

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    VIA Technologies, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today announced a powerful new 3-chip silicon platform that brings HD performance to ultra compact systems for a far richer user experience.

    While desktop PCs, notebooks and embedded devices are getting smaller and thinner, demands on system resources are growing by the day, with higher definition video content, richer Internet resources and increasingly complex image manipulation requiring more powerful processing, video and graphics capabilities. Codenamed "VIA Trinity", the new platform meets all these performance requirements using much less board real estate than traditional 4-chip platforms, yet still within a comparably low power envelope.

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    The VIA Trinity platform couples a power efficient VIA processor like the VIA Nano processor with one of VIA's highly integrated unified digital media chipsets, and adds the power of an onboard S3 Graphics PCI Express discrete GPU to bring the latest in x86 technologies to even smaller spaces.

    VIA's focus on power efficiency at the silicon level has enabled the integration of all chipset core logic, memory control, IGP, peripheral and networking connectivity, and multimedia functionality into a single-chip solution, such as the VIA VX800 media system processor, allowing for the addition of a discrete graphics accelerator without blowing the space or power budget. This enables OEMs to offer systems with superior computing, 3D graphics and HD video performance over current nettops, netbooks and embedded devices.

    "With Mini-ITX 2.0, we declared that small form factor meant no compromise on essential technologies or performance. The VIA Trinity platform is a natural extension of that philosophy for ultra compact systems," said Richard Brown, Vice President of Marketing, VIA Technologies, Inc. "This platform leverages VIA's long-standing expertise in shrinking the form factor to deliver a truly high definition experience in small devices, perfect for a variety of lifestyles and applications."

    VIA Trinity Hi-Def Platform: Get More Out of Three!

    The VIA Trinity silicon platform provides all the Hi-Def performance and latest x86 technology support in three chips that other vendors require in four, yet uses less power, granting system and board builders an immediate head-start in the SFF market.

    Designed from the ground up for performance-per-watt leadership, VIA processors such as the VIA Nano processor are the bedrock of the VIA Trinity Hi-Def platform. The first 64-bit, superscalar processor in VIA's portfolio, the VIA Nano processor provides scalable, power efficient performance for a truly optimized computing experience with no compromises. This is coupled with one of the VIA system media processors, all-in-one, highly integrated digital media IGP chipsets featuring the 800MHz VIA V4 front side bus.

    The S3 Graphics Chrome onboard graphics accelerator supports the latest DirectX 10.1 and OpenGL graphics architectures, HDMI output and playback of the latest Hi-Def content with the Chromotion HD 2.0 video engine. Delivering the full add-in card graphics experience in an extremely low-power onboard package, Chrome brings hardware acceleration for all leading video standards including H.264, MPEG-4, VC-1, WMV-HD and AVS for a stunning visual experience, yet remains within the strictest of thermal envelopes.

    Further information on VIA's new Hi-Def Platform may be found at the VIA Trinity website.

    Source: VIA
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    If they can get the driver support for the graphics this could be potentially a great set of chips for a netbook or similar application. Provided they can also hit the right price point... VIA charges a premium for it's MicroITX boards and such, but with real Chrome graphics instead of UniChrome graphics, they could actually compete on some level with other solutions.
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    VIA has got to stop making product announcements and start LAUNCHING and RELEASING and UNLEASHING and whatever you call it.

    Thing is, we heard about nano so long ago. And where are the products? While not exactly vapourware, they arent tangibleware either.
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    This is probably a bad time for them to announce this right after nvidia announced their little ion box :(
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    Well they have released them, just because of their cost or performance or general lack of recognition in the public, they haven't been used extensively.


    While I can't find anywhere selling a Chrome graphics card, Newegg carries a number of netbooks, Mini ITX, and other form factor boards using VIA CPUs and chipsets. In the Mini ITX and Embedded fields they are quite well known, while the Atom is making headway and the Geode is still around in more industrial situations, VIA is basically the market leader in Mini ITX and Nano ITX boards (though this is changing).
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    I think he was referring more to Nano than anything else. C7 needs to die, as far as I'm concerned.
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    Well.... I would argue that the C7 is in fact tangible, though it isn't main stream, just because of that.
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    Wait, I think you're missing what I said. He was referring to Nano not being tangible. C7 is the cpu that Nano will replace. I said that C7 needs to die already, so Nano can take it's place.
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    Ah, I was confused as I haven't been following their processor lines too closely, looks like the reference to Nano in the title of every C7 product is the CPU packaging, a NanoBGA package.


    I haven't seen any 64 bit Nanos in the wild and their newest round of chrome graphics cards seems to have only been sold on their website store... so maybe you're on to something.
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    VIA announces Trinity High-Def Platform entirely made of Unobtainium? :laugh:
    when I see these anywhere I'll pick one up
    purely because I never find VIA stuff anywhere in the UK

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