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Via finally ships Luke boxes

Cool-hand system on a small chip
Thu Aug 10 2006, 13:47
VIA FINALLY came out with Luke, the first CoreFusion integrated system on a chip. This one won't set any speed records, but it looks like a winner for embedded systems.

Basically, it is a woefully late chip, we first said it was due in Q1/2005, C3 cored machine with integrated graphics, chipset, and just about everything else you need on a mini-ITX board. It has all the usual Via tech, MPEG2/4 acceleration, the stunningly good crypto that no one notices, and most of the ports you need including S-ATA. This new one even has GigE as an option.

Luke boards come in 800MHz and 1GHz variants, and take a max of 19W, so both are fanless. This is ideal for putting a full PC, graphics and everything, in a small cubbyhole somewhere, say a car dashboard, or a small fashionable box. Basically, there are a ton of uses for this, but you will probably never see one directly.

Whatever the case, it is finally out. With any luck, you will see John based boxes following in short order, they will make the basis for a really nice media centre. In either case, you can read more about Luke here. µ

 

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