VIA Technologies has scored the Excellent Product Award at WinHEC 2008 in Taipei, Taiwan. Their energy efficient chipset is recognized for its power-saving capabilities. But the real exciting part is that we could be seeing these in upcoming netbooks. That means that the rising popularity of these tiny notebooks will be combined with their rising energy efficiency, and reduction of hazardous materials. The chipset is a media system processor that pulls together all the latest features of chipsets into one package. The smaller package saves 42% the silicon real estate of similar products, and it is targeted for small form factor PCs, smaller notebooks, and netbooks. It is so energy efficient that the processor platform power draw can be as low as 7.5 watts.
So, super duper cool notebooks and netbooks can run great graphics, have better connectivity, better audio and all the other must-haves that we want these days, without sucking up more power, and still reducing hazardous materials used in production.
"Very early on, VIA opted to take an approach to product design that factored in what impact its products and processes have on the environment," said Epan Wu, Director of CPU Product Marketing, VIA Technologies, Inc. "While we are delighted to receive this award for our VIA Nano processor platform, even more satisfying is noting the IT industry's growing awareness of environmental issues and its increasingly pro-active approach."
That is most definitely a great green way to look at the award.