Despite of earlier made claims, Via Technologies’ Nano microprocessors are set to arrive on the market substantially later. According to claims made by the company, Via now plans to start shipping the chips in August or even September.
Back in March, 2008, Glenn Henry, chief executive of Centaur Technology, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Via Technologies, said in an interview that the company would commercially release its new code-named Isaiah microprocessors, which are now called Via Nano, in May or June. Later on the company said that its partners would be able to ship devices based on the Via Nano central processing units in Q3, but now the firm notified its investors that it would start delivering its latest processors only in August or even September, reports DigiTimes web-site.
According to Via Technologies, it had received orders “from at least three first-tier PC vendors” on its Via Nano processors that are aimed at low-cost low-power personal computers. However, no actual names were released.
Via Nano is the first x86 processor from Via Technologies that features 64-bit instruction set along with a superscalar and out of order execution engine, macro-fusion and micro-fusion functionality, advanced branch prediction mechanism, advanced floating point unit as well as support for virtualization technology and Via PadLock security engine.
The new chips that belong to the Isaiah family will also feature Adaptive PowerSaver Technology that further reduces power consumption and improve thermal management, including the unique TwinTurbo dual-PLL implementation, which permits smooth transitions between activity states within one clock cycle, ensuring always-on service and minimize latency, as well as new mechanisms for managing the die temperature.
Via Nano processors operate at 1.0GHz – 1.80GHz clock-speeds and consume from 5W to 25W.