Via Technologies, better known as a chip manufacturer, will unveil its new Via NanoBook UMD (Ultra Mobile Device) Reference Design tomorrow (6 June) at Computex in Taipei. 

Designed to meet the needs of today’s Mobility 2.0 lifestyle, the Via NanoBook packs the performance, connectivity and functionality of a notebook PC into a sleek and light ultra portable clamshell form factor that weighs less than 850g.
The VIA NanoBook is powered by the ultra low voltage 1.2GHz Via C7-M processor and delivers up to five hours of battery life.
Powered by a choice of Microsoft Windows XP or Windows Vista Basic operating systems, it comes with host of advanced features, including a full keyboard, a seven-inch WVGA screen with touch panel, up to 1Gb DDR2 SDRAM, and a minimum 30Gb hard drive, as well as 802.11g WiFi, Bluetooth and Ethernet support, plus a DVI and two USB 2.0 ports.
To provide users with additional flexibility when they are on the move, the Via NanoBook also features a USB slot next to the screen that will enable the snap-in integration of a variety of world time clock/calendar, GPS, VoIP, and broadband wireless modules.
“The Via NanoBook UMD Reference Design turns my dream of creating a full featured Ultra Mobile Device that delivers a rich computing, communications, and Internet computing experience into a reality,” says Wenchi Chen, president and CEO of VIA Technologies. “With its highly-functional yet ultra compact form factor and extended battery life, it will enable people to enjoy the Mobility 2.0 lifestyle at any place and any time.”
The VIA NanoBook UMD Reference Design has been designed and manufactured in collaboration with First International Computer (FIC), a leader in the design and production of computing and other electronics devices, ensuring world class levels of quality and reliability, rapid time to market, and a flexible response to customer needs.
“The unrivaled portability and functionality of the VIA NanoBook makes small-screen PDA devices seem hopelessly obsolete,” says John Villejo, senior vice-president of sales & marketing for FIC. “Users searching beyond cumbersome laptops will also find familiarity with the ergonomics of the Via NanoBook but with the added benefit of extreme mobility.”
With its innovative design, long battery life, and rich feature set, the Via NanoBook UMD Reference Design has been adopted as the basis for the forthcoming EasyNote XS from Packard Bell.
“The EasyNote XS is a ground breaking new device that combines the functionality of a PC with the convenience of a handheld,” comments Roger Yuen, vice-president: Asia & Global Operations for Packard Bell. “We are very excited about the potential of this new category of Ultra Mobile Devices in the market.”