VIA OpenBook: Laptop Design Released As Open Source Project

Via Technologies released the hardware design for a low-cost laptop with WiMAX support under an open-source license. The designed released as the actual raw CAD files under a Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 3.0 license which is a brilliant first step that clearly and legally allows others to emergently build upon VIA’s open innovation. This laptop will provide alternative to Asus EEE laptop computer:

Via Hardware Specifications

  • Processor: 1.6GHz VIA C7-M ULV Processor
  • FSB: 800MHz
  • Chipset: VIA VX800
  • Memory: DDR2 SO-DIMM up to 2GB
  • HDD: 80GB Hard-Disk or above
  • LCD Panel: 8.9″ WVGA 1024X600 LED screen
  • Graphics: VIA Chrome9 HC3 DX9 3D engine with shared system memory up to 256MB
  • Video Decoding: MPEG-2, MPEG-4, VC1 and DiVX video decoding acceleration
  • Audio: Realtek HD Audio codec, 2 speakers
  • Networking: 10/100/1000 Mb/s Broadcom Giga NIC Ethernet Solution
  • Wireless: Broadcom 802.11b/g or GCT 802.16e
  • 2in1 (WiFI+ Blue Tooth) default module
  • 3in1 (AGPS+WiFI+ Blue Tooth) upgrade module

OpenBook Video

 

(Video 01: Why Via OpenBook?)

 

Other features

  • I/O: 4 in 1 embedded card reader
  • 1 D-Sub Port
  • 3 x USB (Ver. 2.0 Type A Port)
  • 1 Mic-in audio jack
  • 1 Headphone out
  • Webcam: 2.01 megapixel dual headed rotary CCD camera
  • Dimension: 240(W)x175(D)mm
  • Thickness: 36.2(H)mm ( at battery)
  • Weight: Under 1kg
  • Operating System Support: Microsoft Windows XP, Windows Vista and all popular Linux distributions.
  • Status Indicators Power on, battery and HDD LEDs
  • Battery: 4 Cells, 2600ma
  • Options: USB interface DVD Dual RW
  • Leather Cover

For further information visit the official via open book website.


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