Skip to Content
Uncategorized

New Chipset Could Reduce Mobile PC Size

A smaller, more powerful chip set announced by VIA Technologies could make mobile computing much easier.
July 7, 2006

There’s a minor buzz online about a new chipset, released by Taiwanese chipmaker Via Technologies, which would drastically reduce the size and weight of mobile computing, while increasing performance.

From the CIO blog:

The chipsets coupled with the Via C7-M microprocessor are designed to reduce power consumption and save battery life in ultra-mobile PCs, Via said. Microsoft launched the ultra-mobile PC concept earlier this year. Originally dubbed “Origami,” the devices were designed to contain the power of a full PC in a gadget small enough to be carried in a pocket, purse or backpack.

VIA’s chipset is, according to reports, set to hit the market sometime in the third quarter of this year. Not coincidentally, Microsoft – which has been developing a mobile PC strategy aimed at dethroning Apple – is set to launch its own series of entertainment devices (dubbed “iPod killers” by the press) in time for the Christmas holidays, according to a story in Red Herring.

If these reports are true, it will be interesting to see how this plays out. I’m no fan of Apple’s business practices, but it’s hard to argue with the company’s success with the iPod family. Despite my repeated attempts to turn my friends and colleagues away from the devices, there is little I can rebuttal when talk turns to battery life and memory capabilities. If this new chipset delivers on its promise, though, consumers could be in for a new wave of mobile entertainment devices.

Of course, simple chipset and size reductions will do little for the mobile entertainment computing market if rumors of Apple’s new wireless iPod are true.

From the blog:

The new “wireless iPod,” [Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster] said, “will likely focus on ease of use, including wireless connectivity.”

Deep Dive

Uncategorized

Embracing CX in the metaverse

More than just meeting customers where they are, the metaverse offers opportunities to transform customer experience.

Identity protection is key to metaverse innovation

As immersive experiences in the metaverse become more sophisticated, so does the threat landscape.

The modern enterprise imaging and data value chain

For both patients and providers, intelligent, interoperable, and open workflow solutions will make all the difference.

Scientists have created synthetic mouse embryos with developed brains

The stem-cell-derived embryos could shed new light on the earliest stages of human pregnancy.

Stay connected

Illustration by Rose Wong

Get the latest updates from
MIT Technology Review

Discover special offers, top stories, upcoming events, and more.

Thank you for submitting your email!

Explore more newsletters

It looks like something went wrong.

We’re having trouble saving your preferences. Try refreshing this page and updating them one more time. If you continue to get this message, reach out to us at customer-service@technologyreview.com with a list of newsletters you’d like to receive.