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VIA Launches VIA Nano Processor Family

Postby Apoptosis » Thu May 29, 2008 5:25 am

VIA Launches VIA Nano Processor Family

Power efficient processors based on 'Isaiah' architecture designed for optimized performance for mainstream PC markets and new device types

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Beijing, China, 29th May 2008 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 Isaiah-nano_topprocessor platforms, today announced the new VIA Nano processor family based on the VIA Isaiah Architecture.

Building on the market-leading energy efficiency of the VIA C7 processor family, the VIA Nano processor family offers as much as four times the performance within the same power range to extend VIA's performance per watt leadership, while pin compatibility with VIA C7 processors will ensure a smooth transition for OEMs and motherboard vendors, and provides them with an easy upgrade path for current system or board designs.

The first 64-bit, superscalar, speculative out-of-order processors in VIA's x86 platform portfolio, VIA Nano processors have been specifically designed to revitalize traditional desktop and notebook PC markets, delivering truly optimized performance for the most demanding computing, entertainment and connectivity applications, including Blu-ray Disc™ HD video playback and the latest PC games, such as Crysis™.

The VIA Nano processor family leverages Fujitsu's advanced 65 nanometer process technology forVIA Nano logo enhanced power efficiency, and augments that with aggressive power and thermal management features within the compact 21mm x 21mm nanoBGA2 package for an idle power as low as 100mW (0.1W), extending the reach of power efficient green and silent PCs, thin and light notebooks and mini-notes around the world.

"VIA Nano processors represent the next generation of x86 technology, providing the fundamental building blocks for a new genre of optimized computing solutions," said Wenchi Chen, President and CEO, VIA Technologies, Inc. "'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."

VIA Nano perspectiveVIA's 'nano' association also extends to VIA's signature silicon and platform design characteristics of power efficiency and form factor size reduction, as demonstrated by VIA's ultra compact Nano-ITX boards and the nanoBGA2 processor packaging used for the current VIA C7 processor family and the first generation of VIA Nano processors.


About the VIA Nano Processor Family

Initially to be launched in two skus, the VIA Nano L-series processors for mainstream desktop and mobile PC systems and the ultra low voltage U-series for small form factor desktop and ultra mobile devices such as mini-notes:

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The VIA Nano processor family boasts the highly efficient VIA V4 bus interface and brings a host of technology firsts to VIA's processor platform line-up, including:

-- 64-bit Superscalar Speculative Out-Of-Order MicroArchitecture: Supports a full 64-bit instruction set and provides for macro-fusion and micro-fusion functionality, and sophisticated branch prediction for greater processor efficiency and performance.

-- High-Performance Computation and Media Processing: The high-speed, low power VIA V4 Front Side Bus starting at 800MHz, plus a high floating point unit, support for new SSE instructions, and two 64KB L1 caches and 1MB exclusive L2 cache with 16-way associativity gives a big boost to multimedia performance.

-- Advanced Power and Thermal Management: Aggressive management of active power includes support for the new "C6" power state, Adaptive PowerSaver™ Technology, new circuit techniques and mechanisms for managing the die temperature, reducing power draw and improving thermal management.

-- Scalable Upgrade to VIA C7™ Processor: Pin-to-pin compatibility with current VIA C7 processors enables a smooth transition for OEMs and mainboard vendors, enabling them to offer a wider range of products for different markets with a single board or system design.

-- Greener Technology: In addition to full compliance with RoHS and WEEE regulations, product manufacturing will be halogen-free and lead-free at launch, helping to promote a cleaner environment and more sustainable computing.

-- Enhanced VIA PadLock™ Security Engine: Industry-leading on-die hardware cryptographic acceleration and security features, including dual quantum random number generators, an AES Encryption Engine, NX-bit, and SHA-1 and SHA-256 hashing.

For more detailed information about the VIA Nano processor family, please read the introductory white paper here:

http://www.via.com.tw/en/downloads/whit ... A_Nano.pdf

VIA Nano Processor Availability

VIA Nano processors are available now for OEMs and motherboard vendors, while systems featuring VIA Nano processors are expected to market in Q3 2008.

For further information on the VIA Nano processor family, please visit the VIA website at:

http://www.via.com.tw/en/products/processors/nano/

About VIA Technologies, Inc.

VIA Technologies, Inc is the foremost fabless supplier of power efficient x86 processor platforms that are driving system innovation in the PC, client, ultra mobile and embedded markets. Combining energy-saving processors with digital media chipsets and advanced connectivity, multimedia and networking silicon enables a broad spectrum of computing and communication platforms, including its widely acclaimed ultra compact mainboards. Headquartered in Taipei, Taiwan, VIA's global network links the high tech centers of the US, Europe and Asia, and its customer base includes the world's top OEMs and system integrators. http://www.via.com.tw
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Re: VIA Launches VIA Nano Processor Family

Postby skier » Thu May 29, 2008 10:46 am

so......VIA is making CPUs??? did I miss something :|
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Re: VIA Launches VIA Nano Processor Family

Postby bubba » Thu May 29, 2008 11:06 am

have been for a while. C3, C7, Eden.. all for embed systems, thin clients, ultra mobile stuff. A lot of the embedded mini ITX stuff use VIA chips.
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Re: VIA Launches VIA Nano Processor Family

Postby bmaverick » Fri May 30, 2008 6:47 pm

Everex and a few others use 'em in laptops.

Compaq used them in a few XP-MCE machines too.
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Re: VIA Launches VIA Nano Processor Family

Postby Zertz » Sun Jun 01, 2008 9:02 am

The "HP Compaq 2133 MINI-NOTE" uses a C7, no idea why they chose the C7 over this though...
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Re: VIA Launches VIA Nano Processor Family

Postby Apoptosis » Sun Jun 01, 2008 9:05 am

price... those processors are dirt cheap... To build a C7 is well under $5 per chip... I'm thinking $2-3 each, so for HP to use them they are likly paying higher than the build cost, but not much. Nano is still new, under development and costs a bit more. Also Centaur has no plans on killing C7 as C7 and Nano will still be in production for some time.
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Re: VIA Launches VIA Nano Processor Family

Postby Zertz » Sun Jun 01, 2008 9:27 am

Apoptosis wrote:price... those processors are dirt cheap... To build a C7 is well under $5 per chip... I'm thinking $2-3 each, so for HP to use them they are likly paying higher than the build cost, but not much. Nano is still new, under development and costs a bit more. Also Centaur has no plans on killing C7 as C7 and Nano will still be in production for some time.


Ahh, didn't think it was that cheap, the Mini-Note is even more overpriced than I thought :P
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Re: VIA Launches VIA Nano Processor Family

Postby Apoptosis » Sun Jun 01, 2008 9:54 am

I spent a few days with Centaur last week and saw thousands of Nano's in production... Article will be up this week! Planning on tomorrow, but touring a facility like that is tough to write about because there is just so much to see.
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Re: VIA Launches VIA Nano Processor Family

Postby Zertz » Sun Jun 01, 2008 3:50 pm

Apoptosis wrote:I spent a few days with Centaur last week and saw thousands of Nano's in production... Article will be up this week! Planning on tomorrow, but touring a facility like that is tough to write about because there is just so much to see.


Awesome, can't wait to see that 8)
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