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Samsung picks Via Nano CPU for its NC20 Netbook

The electronics manufacturer adopts Via Technologies' Nano processor for the the successor to its 10.2-inch NC10 Netbook, which has an Intel Atom central processing unit.

Samsung Electronics is adopting the Nano processor from Via Technologies for its NC20 Netbook.

The NC20 is set to be Samsung's successor to the NC10, which, like most Netbooks on the market, has an Intel Atom central processing unit.

The new Samsung NC20 Netbook Via Technologies

Via's Nano chips are its first 64-bit, superscalar processors in its x86 platform portfolio. When coupled with the Via VX800 system media processor, a Nano chip supports full Microsoft DirectX 9.0 3D graphics, high-definition video and audio playback, and up to 4GB of DDR2 system memory.

The Samsung NC20 will feature the 1.3GHz Via Nano CPU and a 12.1-inch display with 1,280x800-pixel resolution. At 3.4 pounds, it will be a tad heavier than its 2.8-pound, 10.2-inch NC10 predecessor.

The Netbook will come equipped with Wi-Fi (802.11g) and Bluetooth wireless connectivity, and a six-cell battery that provides up to 6.5 hours on a full charge. You'll be able to choose between a regular SATA hard drive or a solid-state drive for storage. Other than that, the computer will also have an integrated 1.3-megapixel Webcam, a 3-in-1 memory card reader, and three built-in USB ports.

The Samsung NC20 will be available for purchase soon, with an estimated price of about $650 that will vary with configurations.