Tuesday, November 3rd 2009

VIA Introduces New VIA Nano 3000 Series Processors

VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today introduced its new VIA Nano 3000 Series processors, bringing enhanced digital media performance and lower power consumption to Windows 7 thin and light notebook and all-in-one desktop PC markets.

Based on the 64-bit superscalar 'Isaiah' architecture, VIA Nano 3000 Series processors deliver the most compelling thin and light notebook computing experience with their rich HD entertainment capabilities, including support for flawless playback of high bit-rate 1080p HD video, as well as low power consumption resulting in longer battery life.
With a host of advanced features including 64-bit support, advanced CPU virtualization technology, SSE4 for enhanced multimedia processing, and the industry-leading encryption and security capabilities integrated in the VIA PadLock Security Engine, VIA Nano 3000 Series processors also provide a secure, high-performance solution for emerging cloud-based computing environments.

"With the VIA Nano 3000 Series, we are launching our fastest and most power-efficient processors yet," commented Richard Brown, VP International Marketing, VIA Technologies, Inc. "Coupled with our market-leading digital media chipsets, they enable the richest experience across a broad range of mobile and all-in-one system designs."

VIA Nano 3000 Series
VIA Nano 3000 Series processors are built on the successful 64-bit, superscalar architecture that powers the VIA Nano 1000 Series and 2000 Series processors, which have been adopted by leading OEMs worldwide for a growing number of market-leading mini-note, small form factor desktop, and energy-efficient server designs.

Available at speeds from 1.00 GHz to 2.00 GHz, VIA Nano 3000 Series processors deliver up to 20% higher performance using up to 20% less power than current VIA Nano processors and boast a number of new features including support for the SSE4 multimedia instruction set and VIA VT virtualization technology.

Fully compatible with all Microsoft operating systems, including the new Windows 7, as well as all popular Linux distributions, the VIA Nano 3000 Series processors use the NanoBGA2 package, making them pin-to-pin compatible with VIA Nano 1000 Series, VIA Nano 2000 Series, VIA C7, VIA C7-M and VIA Eden processors for easy upgrades of existing designs.

VIA Nano 3000 Series Availability
VIA Nano 3000 Series processor samples are currently available for OEMs and motherboard vendors, and will enter mass production in Q1 2010.

VIA Nano 3000 processors will be available in the following product skus:
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9 Comments on VIA Introduces New VIA Nano 3000 Series Processors

single or dual?
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Now the 1 million dollar question:
When or if ever will there be products avaliable to purchase?
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It's single core and still 65nm.
This was supposed to be here half a year ago, so i suppose the dual core version is pushed back half a year (at least) too. That going to be 2H2010.
While i have always liked Via cpu's (and S3 gpu's), they are always a year too late to market. If they could stick with their original release schedule, Via could be much more competitive. But i suppose that's easier said then done.
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Screw idle power, what's the TDP?

VIA didn't need a new processor, they need a single-bridge IGP with S3's Chrome 500 architecture.
Only then, they'll crush Atom.

Instead of focusing on Atom's flaws (video and 3D performance due to extremely crappy IGP), it's trying to beat it at its own game (power consumption).
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Let's hope VIA gets some of its partners to get some products out pronto. VIA nano failed due to too late to market... and OEMs have "already" done their low power ITX designs. Nano wasnt sufficiently > atom to warrant excitement. Nano 3000 is... with VT, SSE4, yet more performance and lower power.

The million dollar question is NOT JUST how Nano 3000 does against the Atom 230/270 (for laptops) but against the dual (4 thread) atom 330... since that it where these things will end up... industrial, ITX, mini-server/control boxes.

The counterpoint to this is: Intel will soon release the Atom 440. Lower power, faster, better chipset, more memory addressing capability, etc.
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hmm,.. Via not a serious Cpu competitor. maybe for low end stuff.
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mtosev said:
hmm,.. Via not a serious Cpu competitor. maybe for low end stuff.
They are actually pretty high-end at what they do. Just because Fiat doesn't make a car that competes with the Lamborghini Diablo doesn't mean it's not a serious car maker.
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ToTTenTranz said:
Screw idle power, what's the TDP?
Compare to Nano 2000 series

Product & Model Name Clock Speed VIA V4 Bus Maximum Power
(TDP Max)
VIA Nano L2100 processor 1.8GHz 800MHz 25W
VIA Nano L2200 processor 1.6GHz 800MHz 17W
VIA Nano U2400 processor 1.3+GHz 800MHz 8W
VIA Nano U2500 processor 1.2GHz 800MHz 6.8W
VIA Nano U2300 processor 1.0GHz 800MHz 5W

Knock 20% off those numbers, you'll probably be close.

I just want to know when I can buy one of these in an embedded board? I've been saying that since Nano first came out and there are some available, but the range is pathetic.

And yes, they really need the good IGP bridge to go with it. But Atom/ION already looks to have that all sewn up...
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I tried playing MAFIA on my Atom laptop, and it was completely playable imo. I even ran some nvidia screensavers in 3D on it and they were extra special imo.
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