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VIA Launching Tiny QuadCore CPU @ 1.2GHz

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VIA new quad-core QuadCore processor will have a TDP of only 27.5 watts.

Thursday VIA Technologies revealed the new VIA QuadCore processor, a power efficient, quad-core x86 CPU best suited for desktops, notebooks, small form factor PCs, AIOs, and even mini-servers. The chip features a thermal design power (TDP) of only 27.5 watts, and will initially ship clocked at 1.2+ GHz later this year.

"As a result of the rapid proliferation of high definition multimedia content and increasingly demanding multi-threaded applications, a four core processor is the new baseline for today’s mainstream PC user," said Epan Wu, Head of Processor Platforms, VIA Technologies, Inc. "The VIA QuadCore processor meets that need with the industry’s most power efficient architecture."

Manufactured using 40-nm processing, the VIA QuadCore consists of four "Isaiah" cores mounted on two dies. The chip is natively 64-bit compatible and comes packed with additional performance enhancers like Adaptive Overclocking, 4 MB of L2 cache, and a 1333 MHz V4 Bus. And as previously mentioned, the CPU has an extremely low TDP of only 27.5 watts.

"Yhe VIA QuadCore processor delivers awesome multi-threaded performance across the board for multi-tasking, multimedia playback, productivity and internet browsing in a low power envelope," VIA said Thursday. "The distributed performance of the VIA QuadCore also makes it ideal for making the most of multi-display environments."

Other notable features include a VIA NanoBGA2 package of 21-mm x 21-mm with a die size of 11-mm x 6-mm, VIA VT virtualization, VIA PadLock with the Advanced Cryptography Engine, and full pin-to-pin compatibility with VIA Eden, VIA C7 and VIA Nano E-Series, and VIA Eden X2 processors.

Shipments of the VIA QuadCore processor will begin in Q3 2011. VIA also plans to showcase the new processor in a few weeks at Computex (Taipei International Convention Center, Room 201D) from May 31st to June 4th.

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    Computerrock1 , May 12, 2011 6:59 PM
    Where exactly is via implemented? I honestly haven't seen any VIA products on any websites, granted I haven't really been looking. Any one know where to find?
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    southernshark , May 12, 2011 7:01 PM
    Sounds like a neat processor for low cost netbooks and tablets. I don't see any use in a desktop PC.
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    theshonen8899 , May 12, 2011 7:06 PM
    I really hope VIA can get a spot in the netbook world. It's nice to have a competitor to Intel Atom and AMD's Fusion.
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    tommysch , May 12, 2011 7:18 PM
    No one told them about the power cord that goes in a desktop? Imma gonna stick with my 200W CPU if you dont mind.
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    Anonymous , May 12, 2011 7:21 PM
    27.5 watts is actually quite high when you consider that a Core 2 Duo P9600 clocked at 2.66ghz is around 25 watts and will run rings around the via processor.
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    decembermouse , May 12, 2011 7:24 PM
    If the price is right for these chips and their mobos, and depending on how good their implementation of adaptive overclocking is, I might pick up one of these for a low-wattage Folding@Home rig, throw a big hard drive in it, and use it as a home media server... if the mobos have a PCIe slot (8x or greater) maybe a discrete GPU, and use this instead of Brazos. Well, depending on how it fares against Llano.

    My only concern is this: I thought we were past the days where we were slapping two dual-core CPU's together and calling it a quad. This design will not perform as well as if they'd built a native quad. Maybe they're recycling an older architecture that's just too old to make the complexity jump to being a native quad?
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    deltatux , May 12, 2011 7:27 PM
    Where can I get these chips ... I actually want to build a VIA CPU machine ... good for a nice HTPC or a machine to replace my brother's slow dual core :p 
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    itrendslave , May 12, 2011 7:28 PM
    computerrock1Where exactly is via implemented? I honestly haven't seen any VIA products on any websites, granted I haven't really been looking. Any one know where to find?

    Newegg has some VIA products:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=Property&Subcategory=446&Description=&Type=&N=100007623&IsNodeId=1&srchInDesc=&MinPrice=&MaxPrice=&PropertyCodeValue=3700%3A46186&PropertyCodeValue=3700%3A80946&PropertyCodeValue=3700%3A25791
    Just generic low-power desktop usage. I know, at least a few years ago, they were being used a lot in the car PC market.
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    Anonymous , May 12, 2011 7:31 PM
    http://www.anandtech.com/show/4332/vias-quadcore-nano-gets-bigger
    you can find a little more details here.
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    stingstang , May 12, 2011 7:43 PM
    Wow, Via is already past AMD! (I'm joking) but really... Crap out a
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    oneblackened , May 12, 2011 8:05 PM
    I'm surprised nVidia hasn't bought VIA out yet... I was under the impression they wanted in on the x86 market.
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    Darkerson , May 12, 2011 8:14 PM
    oneblackenedI'm surprised nVidia hasn't bought VIA out yet... I was under the impression they wanted in on the x86 market.

    Not any more. Now they want to go play with ARM (Project Denver, I think its called)
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    Partizan92 , May 12, 2011 8:28 PM
    I wish them the best with this CPU. Don't know why but I respect VIA and Centaur a lot :) 
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    WheelsOfConfusion , May 12, 2011 8:38 PM
    oneblackenedI'm surprised nVidia hasn't bought VIA out yet... I was under the impression they wanted in on the x86 market.

    They probably won't be able to keep the x86 license if bought out by another company (especially nVidia).
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    False_Dmitry_II , May 12, 2011 8:56 PM
    6joshh627.5 watts is actually quite high when you consider that a Core 2 Duo P9600 clocked at 2.66ghz is around 25 watts and will run rings around the via processor.


    But it's a quad core!

    In all fairness though, the mobo chipset should also be quite low. Intel ones can be relatively high.
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    geoffs , May 12, 2011 9:17 PM
    Price is where VIA will be competing, because it can't compete on performance with the Intel Core i7 dual-core/quad thread CPUs with 25W TDP (including GPU), at speeds of 2.1-2.3 GHz, and probably can't compete on power draw either. Here's the 2.3GHz Intel http://ark.intel.com/Product.aspx?id=54611&processor=i7-2649M&spec-codes=SR04N
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    sykozis , May 12, 2011 10:15 PM
    6joshh627.5 watts is actually quite high when you consider that a Core 2 Duo P9600 clocked at 2.66ghz is around 25 watts and will run rings around the via processor.

    You're comparing a quad-core processor, to a dual-core PGA478 mobile processor... If you added 2 more cores to that P9600....you'd probably end up somewhere around 45-50watts...

    tommyschNo one told them about the power cord that goes in a desktop? Imma gonna stick with my 200W CPU if you dont mind.

    This processor isn't intended strictly for the desktop market, if you actually read the article. VIA doesn't target any 1 specific market with any single product. This processor will be marketed for desktop, notebook, netbook, server, embedded and PoS(Point of Sale aka Cash Registers) systems.
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    BWMerlin , May 12, 2011 11:23 PM
    Good to see VIA is still around and release new products. While their products may not have all the new features of Intel and AMD or as small etc they are doing something right to continue to exist as a company and actually see a growth in the number of products they sell and profits.
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    ProDigit10 , May 12, 2011 11:45 PM
    too bad it can't topple an atom processor with 1/2 the power use. I hope the 27W TDP has graphics included?

    Seems not so interesting to me, unless if it's ARM technology, in which case the 27W will be achieved very seldomly!
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    eddieroolz , May 13, 2011 1:14 AM
    Kudos for VIA in chugging along in the shadows of the giants. Wish you luck.

    Oh, and it's interesting to see people already know the performance although no benchmark has been released yet. I guess you guys already have the processor, eh? /s
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