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VIA and Everex unveil energy efficient notebook

Press release, October 27; Eric Mah, DIGITIMES 0

VIA Technologies and Everex Systems on October 26 unveiled the StepNote NC1500 notebook, the first Everex notebook to make use of the advanced VIA C7-M processor. Employing a 15.4-inch widescreen display with DiamondBrite Technology, built-in wireless LAN and DVD burner, the US$498 computer utilizes the VIA C7-M processor to provide ultra-low power consumption, advanced security features and 1.5GHz performance at a mere 12W peak power, according to the companies.

"Teaming up with VIA, Everex has been able to create an exciting new category of energy efficient portable computers," stated John Lin, vice president of sales for Everex.

With a shared commitment to developing energy-efficient, environmentally friendly products, the results of the collaborative effort is expected to aid users in reducing their overall electricity usage, resulting in a lower total cost of ownership.

According to the two companies, utilization of VIA Enhanced PowerSaver technology and VIA TwinTurbo allow the laptop to dynamically transition between intermediate power states, providing users with a 20% longer battery life than comparable systems.

Key specifications of the StepNote NC1500

Item

Details

Processor

1.5GHz VIA C7- M

Operating System

Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition with Service Pack 2

Graphics

VIA UniChrome Pro with Chromotion CE Video Display Engine

Memory

512MB DDR2 SDRAM (2 slots)

Hard disk drive

60GB, 4200 PATA

Optical drive

DVD+/-RW with dual layer support

Display

15.4" TFT, 1280×800 (WXGA) with DiamondBrite technology

LAN

10/100 Ethernet

Wireless

IEEE 802.11b/g

I/O

(1) DB 15-Pin VGA, (3) USB 2.0 ports, (1) RJ45, (1) RJ-11, (1) headphone/line out, (1) microphone/line in

Battery

Lithium ion

Dimensions (W×D×H, inches)

14.1×10.7×0.9-1.5

Weight (lbs)

5.3

Suggested retail price

US$498

Photo

The Everx StepNote NC1500

Source: VIA, compiled by DigiTimes.com, October 2006

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