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OFFTOPIC: VIA debuts Tablet PC design at WinHEC Taipei 2002
Posted by Arne Hess - on Friday, 10.05.02 - 13:51:00 CET under 01 - General News - Viewed 8125x
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Sleek and stylish device bridges the gap between PC and notepad.
Taipei, Taiwan, 8 May 2002 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator and developer of silicon chip technologies and PC platform solutions, today demonstrated its new VIA Tablet PC design at the WinHEC 2002 event in Taipei, Taiwan.

The VIA Tablet PC design is an attractive slate-style ultra portable PC, combining an innovative 'digital ink' system with a 10.4" electro-magnetic digitizer portrait screen to form the ultimate digital notepad, with universal applications in business and the home. Less than one inch thick and weighing just over one kilogram, the VIA Tablet PC design is considerably lighter and less bulky than a conventional laptop, it supports the full functionality of Microsoft Windows XP Tablet PC Edition as well as a full range of cutting edge connectivity features including USB 2.0, IEEE 1394 and optional 802.11b wireless support.

The VIA Tablet PC design utilizes a rich array of VIA's industry leading low power technologies, including a choice of the highly acclaimed VIA C3â„¢ EBGA and the VIA Edenâ„¢ ESP processors as well as the high performance VIA Apollo Pro266T DDR SDRAM chipset. This not only ensures longer battery life and quieter operation, but also reduces system cost and enhances compatibility and reliability.

"We are proud to be launching the VIA Tablet PC design at WinHEC," commented Richard Brown, Director of International Marketing at VIA Technologies, Inc. "The Tablet PC represents a very exciting new market segment with exceptional long term growth potential."

"We are excited to see the Tablet PC work that VIA is doing. The Via Tablet PC offers the full power of the PC in a sleek design," said Alexandra Loeb, vice president of the Tablet PC division. "This impressive design, combined with the high performance processor and long battery life it offers, will provide customers with a great mobile PC alternative."

Hm... This Tablet PCs are looking really interesting but I wonder where it will be positioned? On the move this kind of PC would be to huge for me, there I would prefer a kind of high-resolution Pocket PC with something around 480 x 640 pixels which also allows to rotate the screen on the fly.
At home or on the office/business trips I would still prefer to use a small Notebook/Subnotebook like the Sony C1 or Fujitsu's P-Series. So I'm not sure where the target market is? Any thoughts?

Cheers ~ Arne

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