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Via Technologies late on Wednesday announced its first ever quad-core Nano central processing unit (CPU). The multi-core-module (MCM) called Via QuadCore is powered by two dual-core Nano processors and is designed for low-power environments that required high parallelism and multi-tasking. Via intends to begin volume shipments of its quad-core chip already next quarter.

"As a result of the rapid proliferation of high definition multimedia content and increasingly demanding multithreaded applications, a four core processor is the new baseline for today’s mainstream PC user. The Via QuadCore processor meets that need with the industry’s most power efficient architecture," said Epan Wu, head of processor platforms at Via Technologies.

Via QuadCore microprocessor is powered by two 64-bit Via Nano X2 dies that operate at about 1.20GHz. The MCM sports 4MB of cache in total, uses 1333MHz V4 processor system bus and has 27.5W thermal design power (TDP). Via QuadCore processors utilize NanoBGA2 package of 21mm x 21mm and are fully pin-to-pin compatible with Via Eden, Via C7 and Via Nano E-Series and Via Eden X2 processors.

Via Nano X2 processors are built using the 64-bit, out-of-order code-named Isaiah micro-architecture that powers previous single-core Via Nano processors. The Isaiah micro-architecture comes with SSE4, 64-bit support, VT CPU virtualization technology and Via PadLock hardware security features. The Nano X2 is made using 40nm process technology at Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company.

The quad-core microprocessor by Via Technologies is aimed at inexpensive notebooks and desktops/nettops used for multi-tasking, multimedia playback, productivity applications and Internet browsing. Unfortunately, since Via's chipsets for its CPUs are mostly outdated and offer only DirectX 9-class graphics cores, such quad-core platforms cannot be used for demanding applications.

The developer of the chip claims that its processor is the lowest-power quad-core chip in the industry, which is partially correct. Modern CPUs by AMD and Intel not only integrate four x86 cores onto a single piece of silicon, but also built-in memory controller, which, in case of Via QuadCore, located inside core-logic set. Moreover, Via Technologies does not take into account very low clock-speed of its quad-core offering as well as performance-per-watt, which is unlikely to match solutions from bigger CPU designers.

Via QuadCore processors will be on display at the Via booth at Computex from May 31st to June 4th, and will begin volume shipments in Q3 2011.

Tags: Via, Nano, 40nm, Isaiah, QuadCore

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Keep going VIA :D

I hope sooner or later we will have another worthy player in CPU market.
2 0 [Posted by: nitro912gr  | Date: 05/12/11 03:44:35 AM]
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Maybe the next CPU thats going to be avaliable in a year.....if they do notget it on store shelves theresnreally no hope.....I really hope it will be like the athlon 64 and athlon 64x2 it terms of popularity and technological step ahead...like yeah...
0 0 [Posted by: mirako347  | Date: 05/24/11 06:10:34 PM]
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I Just can't see anyone buying a laptop/netbook that uses this VIA chip... too weak and constructed with already old capabilities. Next!!
0 1 [Posted by: HLuna52180  | Date: 05/14/11 08:31:32 PM]
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It will probably be smarter to really just fuse together the dual cores. Honestly VIA made the mistake of putting two single cores on to different dies already last year thats why they came up with actually redesigning the old dual core into a single die dual core. Why save costs of designing a new core when the cpu part of the company is about to loose even more market share?! I love how VIA is so into embedded markets I love how Japan supports tons of VIA embedded cpus but since there are earthquakes now amd that huge tsunami....we need new embedded systems? So....amd has a great aolution and its not cheap faster amd does not consume as much better chipsets...VIA I have spend years waiting to buy something from you guys. I signed up for news letters? I get nothing only these once a year computex talking about products that never get to the market in North America. And the proccessors?! Why are yoy guys still selling PV530? Esther? And I thought Issiah was old. I am disappointed and hoping that the next 28nm will be on sale next year. Q4 for a processor might be expensive, no driver support, and questionable performance is not going to attract market at all.
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