VIA plans to get a bigger share of the computer consumer market by promoting $250 PCs this fall. The company developed the Terra PC reference design which will be licensed to computer makers around the world.
The proposed price for the Terra, which includes a monitor, is achieved by picking components with cost in mind. The system, for instance, will run an older 1GHz processor from Via, Pradhan said. It will also come with 128MB of memory, about one-quarter the amount found on typical desktops these days, and a small drive.
Prototypes will be shown at the Computex trade show in Taipei next month and they will hit the stores in September or October. Terra PC will run Linux, but older versions of Windows will also run on the system. More info at CNET