OLPC drops AMD chips

Processors from Via chosen

One Laptop Per Child has refreshed its XO-1 laptop hardware, dumping chips from AMD in favour of ones from Via Technologies.

OLPC will now use Via's C7-M processor instead of AMD's Geode, officials announced on the group's website.

The Via processor will operate at clock speeds of between 400MHz and 1GHz, which OLPC considers an upgrade over the Geode LX processor in current XO laptops.

The laptop's unique appearance won't change, but the Via processor will boost its capabilities, the OLPC team wrote. Via is providing a chipset that will include a 3D graphics engine and high-definition video decoder in a single package.

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