Via touts wins with HP, Intel

April 13, 2007 – Hewlett-Packard and Via Technologies have developed an energy-efficient PC using a processor certified by China’s energy rating agency.

The Windows XP-compatible HP Compaq dx2020 uses Via’s C7-D 1.5GHz desktop processor, with maximum power of 20W. Other system specs include Via’s CN700 digital media chipset and UniChrome Pro II integrated graphics processor, with up to 1GB of DDR2 533 SDRAM, USB 2.0 and a 7200rpm Serial ATA hard drive (up to 160GB and 3GB/s data transfer).

“The HP Compaq dx2020 represents a great opportunity for many more Chinese businesses of all sizes to upgrade their operations while minimizing their power costs and environmental impact,” said Wenchi Chen, Via’s president/CEO, in a statement.

The HP desktop for China is the second big win for Via lately. Days ago Via signed a new four-year license to make chipsets using Intel’s front-side bus technology for Pentium 4 processors, extending an existing partnership based on older Intel front-side bus technology. The Taiwan Economic News reported that Intel likely is seeking to avoid chipset supply shortages later this year, such that hurt its motherboard business back in 2005.

Via, which generates >50% of its revenues from chipsets, expects to release a blueprint of a mainstream P4 chipset (dubbed “P4M900A”) later this month, with volume production by the end of this quarter, followed by high-end P4 chipsets sometime in 3Q07, the paper reported.


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