Report: VIA Working on a New x86 Chip

If you haven't forgotten, you probably know that VIA still has access to an x86 license. Although they haven't made many x86 processors in recent years, the company is now working on a new unit.

A report which originates from 3DCenter.org tells us that VIA is working on its Isaiah II processor, which it hopes to announce before the end of August. The processor will be a low-power unit, where it is meant to compete with the low-power bay-trail platform from Intel as well as AMD's Kabini platform. No details are available of the units' TDP, though.

The Isaiah II CPU will come with four CPU cores that will run at 2.0 GHz. On-die there will also be 2 MB of L2 cache.

Processor

AMD Athlon 5350

Intel Atom Z3770

VIA Isaiah II

Frequency

2.05 GHz

1.46-2.39 GHz

2.0 GHz

Core Count

4 Cores

4 Cores

4 Cores

TDP

25 watt TDP

2 watt SDP

? watt

Processor Arithmetic

22.66 GOPS

15.1 GOPS

20.0 GOPS

Multimedia Processor

4.56 Mpix/s

25.9 Mpix/s

50.2 Mpix/s

Multi-Core Efficiency

4 GB/s

1.7 GB/s

3.1 GB/s

Cryptography

1.48 GB/s

0.4 GB/s

1.5 GB/s

Power Management Efficiency (ALU)

2.88 GIPS

2.5 GIPS

2.9 GIPS

Financial Analysis (high/double precision)

3.64 kOPTS

1.5 kOPTS

3.0 kOPTS

The two remaining bits of information that we are still missing pertain to the processor's TDP and price. Those aspects can mean the difference between this CPU will become a viable option for some people. It is interesting, though, to see VIA playing a role in the x86 market again.

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  • Ian Mahaney
    Completely forgot about VIA having an x86 license. If that TDP can stay under 10W though, they could have a real Intel beater here.
    New competition is always a good thing.
  • CaedenV
    When I was a kid I loved having access to great quality cheap VIA chipsets for my computer builds... but then that quality disappeared. Then VIA started making chips used in junk laptops, and their name became absolutely toxic. I understand that VIA still makes quite a few chips in a great many products... but few companies have gone from having as much respect to as much distain as VIA has. I wish them well, but it is going to take a long time of a good track record before I buy one of their products.
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  • nvllsvm
    From past experiences with VIA: ahahahahaha!
  • Ian Mahaney
    Completely forgot about VIA having an x86 license. If that TDP can stay under 10W though, they could have a real Intel beater here.
    New competition is always a good thing.
  • apache_lives
    With VIA cpus comes rubbish VIA chipsets and drivers, and there late as usual and trying to produce something that doesnt offer ANY advantage over the competition

    NO THANKYOU