VIA Trinity pal mini-computer systems with HD-video
December 19, 2008, 10:02 am
Despite the present poor financial situation, the company VIA Technologies does not lose hope and perseverance zavidnym continues to regularly inform the public about their fresh proposals. That`s yesterday press-service manufacturer officially announced the birth of a new platform called VIA Trinity, forces which allegedly could be implemented in small desktop PCs, laptops ultraportativnyh, netbukah and embedded systems support for Blu-ray, HD-video, Windows Vista and DirectX 10. 1. According to the developers, their offspring involves the use of three key components koimi are:
CPU families VIA Nano and VIA C7, characterized by low power consumption;
Odnokristalny IGP-chipset VIA VX800, which combines the functions of the north and south bridges, as well as equipped with compatible with DirectX 9. 0 integrated graphics core of VIA Chrome 9 HC3 with videodvizhkom VIA Chromotion;
Discrete graphics adapters S3 Graphics Chrome Series 500 and Series Chrome 400 Series, which are compatible with DirectX 10. 1 Shader Model 4. 1 and OpenGL 2. 1, capable of hardware decoding of high-resolution video in the technology ChromotionHD 2. 0 Video Technology (declared support for H. 264 standard, VC-1, MPEG2-HD and AVS), as well as provide treatment Picture-in-Picture (PiP) during playback optical disc format Blu-ray.
It should be noted that this platform is unique in the first place so that the image processors will be installed directly in charge of CPU and chipsets, which will benefit by reducing dimensions. Moreover, the materinki VIA in the form factor of Pico-ITX have very good potential, which is also important. Thus, one can conclude that laid the basis for VIA Trinity concept is attractive in itself. However, if you talk about the real prospects of the development, it is very difficult to give an unambiguous answer. After NVIDIA, without any prior arrangement with Intel, suddenly decided to turn its attention to the processors Atom and refused to cooperate with VIA in the development of a platform for netbukov and mobile Internet devices, the latest in this market segment is no longer anyone left, who could provide strong support for its endeavors and thereby stimulate further progress. Although it may still change for the better. Life is so unpredictable it !