The Ultra Mobile PC doesn’t so much need a shot in the arm these days as rather adrenaline straight to the heart. Step forward VIA with some silicon based defibrillators.
It has developed the VX700 chipset which promises to reduce UMPC form factors by as much as 40 per cent and improve battery life which in current incarnations shown all of the stamina of Johnny Vegas in an Iron Man event.
Measuring just 35 x 35mm, the VX700 is built to house the company’s C7-M and C7M-ULV (ultra low voltage) processors and squashes onboard *deep breath* integrated graphics (UniChrome Pro), an HD audio controller, DDR2 memory support for up to 4GB, connectivity for two SATAII devices, 6x USB2.0 ports, 4x PCI slots and an EIDE channel which can handle two devices. Quite how a UMPC is going to utilise half this functionality is beyond me but the phrase ‘future proofing’ comes to mind.
The first UMPCs to be based on the VX900 chipset are already in production and we could be seeing them by early Q4. Whether or not they’ll still somehow manage to be pants though is open to debate…