by Anton Shilov
06/23/2011 | 10:23 PM
Via Technologies confirmed development of server-class microprocessors and supporting technologies. The firm, which once was the globe's largest supplier of chipsets, intends to address low-power servers initially.
"Our processors have been used quite extensively in low power blades for data center applications, and we are currently evaluating our future strategy and roadmap," said Richard Brown, a vice president of Via Technologies.
At present Via Technologies does have a microprocessor that features server capabilities. For example, the company’s Nano-series central processing units (CPUs) based on Isaiah micro-architecture are 64-bit, virtualization and Via PadLock hardware security features.
Via’s recently announced quad-core chip 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 Unfortunately, since Via's chipsets for its CPUs are mostly outdated and offer only DirectX 9-class graphics cores, such quad-core platforms cannot be used for demanding applications.
Via Technologies did not give any further details about the initiatives.