VIA OpenBook: Laptop Design Released As Open Source Project

Posted on in Categories Hardware, Linux, Linux desktop, News, UNIX, Windows, windows vista last updated May 27, 2008

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.

Posted by: Vivek Gite

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