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Via releases first of its x86-based processors line

Posted: 02 Jun 2008     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:microprocessor  mobile PC 

Taiwan's Via Technologies Inc. has rolled out the first members of its x86-based microprocessor line, built around its previously announced 64bit superscalar technology. Building on its VIA C7 processor family, the new VIA Nano microprocessor line is said to offer as much as four times the performance within the same power range as previous products. There are two lines in the family: the VIA Nano L-series processors for mainstream desktop and mobile PC systems and the U-series for ultra mobile products.

The VIA Nano runs up to 1.8GHz and includes an 800MHz bus and supports a 64bit instruction set and branch prediction for processor efficiency and performance.

The processors also support a floating point unit, a security engine, new SSE instructions, two 64-KB L1 caches and a 1-MB exclusive L2 cache with 16-way associativity. The processors are housed in compact 21mm x 21mm nanoBGA2 packages, which are said to support an idle power mode as low as 100mW (0.1W).

There are five processors in the family. The VIA Nano L2100 processor runs at 1.8GHz and has a power consumption of 25W. The VIA Nano L2200 processor runs at 1.6GHz and has a power consumption of 17W.

The VIA Nano U2400 processor runs at 1.3GHz or more at 8W. The VIA Nano U2500 processor operates at 1.2GHz at 6.8W. And the VIA Nano U2300 processor runs at 1.0GHz at 5W.

"VIA Nano processors represent the next generation of x86 technology, providing the fundamental building blocks for a new genre of optimised computing solutions," said Wenchi Chen, president and CEO of Via, in a statement. Via also sells chipset for PC applications.

- Mark LaPedus
EE Times





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