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The Register: Via pushes $200 Internet PC

Sep 20, 2000, 14:24 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Mike Magee)

"The CEO and president of Via kicked off the company's technology forum this morning by claiming cheap PCs will fill and satisfy the needs of the rapidly growing worldwide Internet market. The devices will bridge the gap between dedicated information appliances and more powerful machines costing over $500, said Chen."

"He said that the so-called Information PC, which Via dubs Value Internet Architecture to match its own initials, will include open standards, flexible platforms, technological innovation, and cooperation between partners to "leverage the growing capabilities of the Greater China Manufacturing Engine."

"So how will Via be able to fill this gap? Some of those details were filled in by Bert McComas, a keynote speaker at the conference, who yesterday showed the press a slide in which a $199 PC could use the Linux operating system, come with 32Mb of memory, include a Via chipset, and have ports, inbuilt modem and graphics cards to produce a compatible, and according to Chen, an upgradeable machine."

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