Via Technologies is to introduce a chip later this year that combines most of a computer's components in a single package.

The forthcoming chip, to be called John, combines Via's C7 processor, chipset, and a graphics processor in a single package, said Wenchi Chen, Via's president and chief executive officer. John will be produced in volume later this year, he said.

Chen has long championed a push towards smaller computers that consume less power. While Intel executives touted the power-hungry Pentium 4 with its massive cooling systems, Chen instead pushed smaller PCs built around Via's Mini-ITX motherboard and fanless processors. Now, the focus on smaller, more energy-efficient computers has become an industry-wide trend.

The introduction of John takes the notion that "small is beautiful" one step further, Chen said. "This is the direction where we're going to push going forward," Chen said.