VIA plans to promote PCs that will sell for close to $ 250 this fall in an attempt to gain ground in the consumer market. The Terra PC is a reference design created by Via that will be licensed to PC makers around the world. VIA will show off prototypes at the Computex trade show in Taipei next month, and systems are likely to hit the shelves in different markets worldwide by September or October. The proposed price for the Terra, which includes a monitor, is achieved by picking components with cost in mind. The system will run an older 1GHz processor from Via. It will also come with 128MB of memory and a small drive. To cut support costs for the Terra PC, Via puts the operating system and the applications on a read-only flash memory chip, rather than on the hard drive. The Terra will run Linux, although conceivably it could also be bundled with older versions of Microsoft’s software that have been bug-tested for years.

VIA plans to promote PCs that will sell for close to $ 250 this fall in an attempt to gain ground in the consumer market. The Terra PC is a reference design created by Via that will be licensed to PC makers around the world. VIA will show off prototypes at the Computex trade show in Taipei next month, and systems are likely to hit the shelves in different markets worldwide by September or October. The proposed price for the Terra, which includes a monitor, is achieved by picking components with cost in mind. The system will run an older 1GHz processor from Via. It will also come with 128MB of memory and a small drive. To cut support costs for the Terra PC, Via puts the operating system and the applications on a read-only flash memory chip, rather than on the hard drive. The Terra will run Linux, although conceivably it could also be bundled with older versions of Microsoft’s software that have been bug-tested for years.