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VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor 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 for 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’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:
Product & Model Name Clock Speed VIA V4 Bus Maximum Power

(TDP Max)

* VIA Nano L2100 processor 1.8GHz 800MHz 25W
* VIA Nano L2200 processor 1.6GHz 800MHz 17W
* VIA Nano U2400 processor 1.3+GHz 800MHz 8W
* VIA Nano U2500 processor 1.2GHz 800MHz 6.8W
* VIA Nano U2300 processor 1.0GHz 800MHz 5W

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/w...29VIA_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/
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VIA's newest marchitecture, Isaiah is finally ready to enter low-power CPU market and it will do so under the name of 'Nano.' The just announced Nano processors are pin compatible with the C7 parts but are claimed to be a lot more energy efficient and offer a better performance/watt ratio. Build using the 65nm process, the Nano CPUs come in a NanoBGA2 package and feature a die size of just 7.650mm x 8.275 mm or 63.3 square mm.

For starters VIA is preparing no less than five (single-core) Nano processors, three U-series chips aimed for small form factor desktops and ultra mobile devices and two L-series parts for mainstream desktop and mobile PC. As detailed in the chart just below the U2000 Nanos will go from 1 to 1.3 GHz and feature TDP rations of well under 10W while the L Nanos reach frequencies of 1.6 and 1.8 GHz and a TDP of up to 25W.



The 64-bit Nanos boast 800 MHz FSBs and 1MB L2 caches are set to compete with Intel's Atom processors so it will be interesting to see the first performance comparisons. VIA has yet to reveal the prices of its five Nano CPUs.


Edited by Marin - 5/29/08 at 1:49am
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Cool, can't wait to see how they actually perform aganist the Atom.
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I am looking forward to seeing how Via does against Intel and the Atom.
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Look at that power consumption curve!
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I just can't wait to get one of those.
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damn, that means the dual core is going to be what? 10watts?

I really want someone to clock on of the dual core parts to 3ghz and bench it
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Nodody knows when (if) VIA will launch dual-core Isaiah processors.
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Look at that power consumption curve!
Exactly, certainly interesting performance wise, considering the 1.8 ghz Atoms draw what 5 watts? Though Atom does lack x64.
    
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Though Atom does lack x64
Who told you?
From wikipedia: "Intel Atom implements the x86 (IA-32) instruction set (including x86-64)"
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GO the small guy, VIA look very promising these days im looking forward to what 50 guys can do
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