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VIA Tech launches mobile CPU

Posted: 10 Jul 2003 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:via technologies? mobile processor? antaur? c3 nehemiah processor core? powersaver 2.0 technology?

VIA Technologies Inc. took the wraps off its mobile processor, a 1GHz offering dubbed Antaur that will first ship into slim and light notebooks on sale in the China market, and then into the U.S. and Europe.

The Antaur is based on the architecture of the C3 "Nehemiah" processor core and consumes a maximum of 11W when running at top speed. Nominal draw is about 8W, which is about 4W less than the desktop version of the Nehemiah. VIA has also included its PowerSaver 2.0 technology, which can reduce power consumption by as much as 50 percent, the company said.

"With the launch of the VIA Antaur processor, we see a tremendous opportunity to expand the overall size of the notebook market by enabling a new generation of innovative, slim and light designs," said Wenchi Chen, president and CEO of VIA. "Wireless connectivity, extended battery life, and excellent performance will give people the freedom to fully enjoy the benefits of the mobile lifestyle."

Similar to the desktop version, other features of Antaur include advanced branch prediction, 16 pipeline stages, support for SSE multimedia instructions, and a 64KB L2 cache. It also includes the company's PadLock Data Encryption Engine, a random number generator implemented in hardware that improves security over a network or the Internet.

- Mike Clendenin

EE Times

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