Via gives away its OpenBook designs, watch out for even more Eee clones

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Via has decided to be friendly to anyone wanting to build an Eee PC clone (or just a sub-notebook PC) by making CAD files available to anyone who wants to build or modify the OpenBook.

Processor specs aren’t amazing — the Via C7-M / VX800 digital media processors may well choke on Windows XP or Vista, although Via says that their next-generation processor – Isaiah – will run four times as fast.

Other specifications include a 1,024 x 600 8.9-inch LED-backlit screen and decent connectivity including Wi-Fi, HSDPA, WiMAX, Bluetooth, and aGPS.

Free (Creative Common Attribution Share Alike 3.0 license) designs are all very well, but it’s not likely to be a walk in the park building the thing. Like a challenge?

(Via Trusted Reviews)

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Andy Merrett