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Intel preferred over VIA for Ultra Mobile PCs

Posted on Thursday, April 20 2006 @ 15:51:05 CEST by

Microsoft originally planned to use VIA's C7-M embedded processor in its Origami UMPCs, but manufacturers, including Samsung and Asus, prefer to use Intel's Celeron M and Pentium M series:
Market sources indicated that Microsoft originally planned to partner with VIA Technologies to promote its "Origami" Ultra-Mobile PC (UMPC), as VIA's C7-M embedded processor is priced at US$700-800, compared to the Intel Celeron M and Pentium M series at US$1,200-1,400. VIA's chip, however, is not preferred by OEM vendors, including Samsung Electronics and Asustek Computer, because of Intel's stronger brand awareness and R&D capability, according to the sources.

Samsung, however, could be in the development phase of incorporating VIA's C7-M embedded processor in UMPC models, the sources stated.
More info over at DigiTimes.



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