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.More info over at DigiTimes.
Samsung, however, could be in the development phase of incorporating VIA's C7-M embedded processor in UMPC models, the sources stated.
Intel preferred over VIA for Ultra Mobile PCs
Posted on Thursday, April 20 2006 @ 15:51 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck