I was thinking about this today... and Im just curious...
Will VIA ever make a dual core processor? We all know that Intel and AMD are well in to the multi-core era... but VIA, the only other x86 chip producer i know of, has yet to make anything multi core.
I know that VIA chips have never been good performers in the past, but even with say, a dual core C7, it would add a decent performance boost, it would still be extreemly cheap, consume almost no power and put out VERY little heat, like they already do... so why dont they go ahead and do it? Im sure they would be very useful in low end laptops... as battery life would be almost never ending compared to other offerings as long as you arent looking for extreme mobile performance, but still be capable of doing what you need.
My gut feeling is sometime in 2008-9 Via usualy lags behind a few years behind Intel. The way AMD used to a long time ago (waayyy back when they where just a sub contractor for Intel) While they dont make the most exciting processors they do make good processors for home theatre boxes.