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Processor family targets radically small form factor designs

Posted: 14 Mar 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:VIA C7-M ULV? processor? VIA Technologies Inc.? Marty Gold?

VIA Technologies Inc.'s VIA C7-M ULV processor enables radically small form factor designs that still retain the performance and flexibility of a full PC.

Based on the VIA CoolStream architecture and manufactured using IBM's 90nm SOI process, the VIA C7-M ULV processors are available at speeds from 1.0- to 1.5GHz with a maximum thermal design power as low as 3.5W. The idle power is as little as 0.1W ensuring unparalleled battery life.

This is complemented by a low profile nanoBGA2 package measuring just 21-by-21mm, enabling designs with drastically reduced weight, size, and thickness.

"As consumers lead increasingly mobile lifestyles, ultra mobile PCs will provide an exciting new solution that makes it easier to access digital contentsuch as movies and musicand connect to almost anyone, and accomplish virtually any task while on the go," said Otto Berkes, general manager of the Mobile Platforms Division at Microsoft Corp. "The VIA C7-M ULV processor is enabling the production of smaller form factors that meet the needs of mobile consumers, while maintaining the functionality benefits of a full-sized Windows-based PC."

The VIA C7-M ULV processor is in mass production now. VIA declined to give pricing on its new processors.

- Marty Gold

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