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Virtualization - VIA Pushes To Join the Herd

VIA is Making a Move to Join In the Mainstream PC Market with A New x86 Nano Processor

VIA is making a move up the outside rail trying to join the other two ponies in the mainstream PC market with a new x86 Nano processor while it counters the dust from Intel’s sexy new Atom chip.

VIA says the 65nm dingus, based on its Isaiah architecture, offers four times the performance of its existing pin-compatible low-power C7 chip with no increase in the power envelope, meaning it’s good for 1.0GHz-1.8GHz at 5W-25W while idling at 100mW (0.1W).

Nano, available to OEMs now, is VIA’s first 64-bit, superscalar, speculative out-of-order processor and was designed for desktops and notebooks as they are interpreted these days.

Well, actually VIA claims the Nano family represents the fundamental building blocks of a “new genre of optimized computing solutions.”

According to Wenchi Chen, VIA’s CEO, “‘Small is Beautiful’ is more than a design strategy; it's our vision of where the PC market is heading and our new processors will help the market realize that dream.” And it can piggyback on existing C7 boards.

The Nano is being launched in two SKUs: the 1.6GHz or 1.8GHz Nano L-series processors for mainstream desktop and mobile PC systems (17W-25W) and the ultra low-voltage 1GHZ-1.3GHZ U-series for small form-factor desktop and ultra-mobile devices such as “mini-notes” (5W-8W). Both species have an 800MHz front-side bus.

There’s also a high floating point unit, support for new SSE instructions, two 64KB L1 caches and 1MB L2 cache with 16-way associativity to boost multimedia performance.

For green’s sake, Via says product manufacturing will be halogen-free and lead-free at launch.

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