TAIWANESE CHIP SHOP VIA has unleashed a new media system processor which it promises will reduce the power drain of watching high definition video in PCs and mobile devices.
Compatible with the company's own Nano CPU, the VX855 chipset incorporates both north and south bridges into a single 27mm square package which Via reckons is 46 per cent smaller than current twin-chip core logic implementations.
Drawing just 2.3 watts, negating the need for fans, the chip integrates a high performance DDR2 memory controller, a 400/800MHz FSB processor interface, and support for 6 USB 2.0 ports, SDIO, UART, SPI, LPC and SMBus in a single chunk of silicon.
Chrome9 graphics, HD audio, and loads of display interfaces are built in as well as hardware decoding for the leading video standards and three eight-channel streams of 32-bit audio at rates up to 192kHz. µ
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