Via’s new powerful, power efficient chipset

Via’s new low power but powerful chipset looks very interesting..

The graphics capabilities are courtesy of what Via is branding as the Chrome 520, an integrated graphics processor on the VN1000 that has 32 stream processors and four sampling units. According to the company, a 128-bit 2D graphics engine provides GDI/GDI+ acceleration, hardware 2D rotation, and a true-color hardware cursor with 256-level blending.

Via says the Chrome 520 supports Shader Model 4, OpenGL 3.0, and OpenCL 1.0 for “next-generation GPGPU applications.” Meanwhile, a ChromotionHD 2.0 video processor is said to offer “advanced filtering and cutting edge post-processing,” performing “ultra-smooth decoding” of 1080p HD video in MPEG-4/AVC, H.264, MPEG-2, VC-1, WMV-HD, and AVS video formats.

1 Response to “Via’s new powerful, power efficient chipset”


  • We’ll have to wait and see what kind of Linux support we get for the Chrome 520. I’m not holding my breath – Via has all but abandoned open driver support and their closed drivers are notoriously buggy and fragile. The OpenChrome project is still struggling to keep up with the later chipsets (http://openchrome.org/trac/wiki/SupportedHardware), so anything new is only going to have basic support.

    Have fun,

    Paul

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