Not to be outdone by NVIDIA's move to accelerate netbook graphics with its new Ion platform
, VIA just debuted its "Trinity" platform, which pairs a VIA Nano
chip with a Media System Processor like the VIA VX800 and a discrete S3 Graphics
PCI Express GPU. VIA is aiming this lineup at netbooks and mini-PCs, and are planning to power DirectX 10.1, HD video, Blu-ray playback and Windows Vista. Sounds fine and dandy to us, but unfortunately, like with NVIDIA, we're at the mercy of the manufacturers who will actually be stuffing this into their product -- and they've sure seemed gun-shy with Nano so far. Hopefully this can change some of that, Christian Bale is only half as badass at 15 fps QVGA.