Kinpo Puts Via Nano in New 3G/WiMax Netbook

Kinpo Electronics, a Taiwanese electronics maker, debuted a new netbook on Thursday with a Via Nano microprocessor and integrated 3G/WiMax chipset to make sure users are always connected to the Internet.

The Kinpo N03 appears to be aimed at China, since its 3G options include TD-SCDMA (Time Division Synchronous Code Division Multiple Access), the home grown 3G standard in China.

The company did not say when it would be available nor its price.

The company's choice of a Via Nano microprocessor over Intel's popular Atom processor shows the battle between the two processor maker continues to rage in the netbook arena. Via has made a number of important product wins in netbooks bound for China, but Intel has stepped up its China activities.

Kinpo's N03 netbook comes with an 11.6-inch screen with 1366x768 pixel resolution, either Microsoft Windows XP or Vista Home Basic, and up to 2GB of DDR2 (double data rate, second generation) DRAM and a 1.3-megapixel Web cam.

The Via Nano processors inside run at either 1.2GHz or 1.3GHz, depending on the configuration, according to Kinpo.

The netbook comes in a variety of configurations, including with either a hard disk drive (HDD) or solid-state drive (SSD).

It also includes a variety of high end wireless communications technologies due to an integrated chipset, according to Kinpo. The device can handle WiMax, the Intel-backed technology meant to someday replace Wi-Fi, as well as a range of mobile telecommunications technologies, including HSDPA/HSUPA (High Speed downlink/uplink packet access), TD-SCDMA, W-CDMA, and EVDO.

The device also includes 802.11b/g Wi-Fi.

The N03 weighs around 1.3 kilograms depending on the configuration and can run for 3-hours in normal use, Kinpo said. It is 281-millimeters long, 198mm wide and 27mm thick.

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