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Tuesday, 07 September 2010 09:30

Via to release quad cores next year

Written by Nick Farell
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Years behind the rest
The gap between Via and the other suppliers of central processing units is widening. According to the dark satanic rumour mill the outfit only plans to release its first quad-core Via Nano microprocessors in late 2011.

If this is true it would be five years behind Intel and  four years after AMD. According to Xbit Labs
Via intends to launch dual-core Nano microprocessors later this year.

The dual-core Via Nano CPUs will be clocked at up to 2GHz clock-speed, will have 2MB L2 cache and will utilize 1333MHz V4 bus. They will havea 20W thermal design power and will be targeted for notebooks. The chips are to be made using 40nm process.

Quadcores will not see the light of day until late 2011 along with an integrated DirectX 11-class graphics core. This places Via light years behind AMD and Intel with quad-core CPUs and trying to compete with a platform less progressive compared to AMD's Fusion or Intel's Sandy Bridge due in 2011.

The rumours say that Via is trying to add stuff to its CPU's that the others don't have such as better security. But low performance high thermal design and power usage are starting to put off  those who think their chips might be a good  idea.

It is starting to show in Via's bottom line. The outfit made a net loss for the first half of the year of $45.011 million on sales of $79.974 million.

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+1 #1 Blacky 2010-09-07 11:23
Too bad for them... I wanted to buy a nettop with a VIA CPU.
 
 
+3 #2 johndgr 2010-09-07 13:26
Really too bad. They lost their chance when they left the door open for Nvidia to enter the AMD chipsets market. Add Intel's monopoly tactics and here we are. They are going the... SiS way.
 
 
0 #3 JAB Creations 2010-09-08 08:26
AMD released the first quad core, Intel's first "quad core" was a dual-dual core. So Intel took the "cheap" road however it should also be noted that AMD had difficulty producing quads at 65nm. So frankly that's more of a tie with kudos for AMD facing an viciously anti-competitive company such as Intel.

Also the way this article is written makes it sound like Via is a direct competitor to AMD and Intel, it's not. Via focuses on low power CPU's, audio, and network chips in example. It's probably not in Via's best interest to have started designing quads immediately after AMD and Intel introduced theirs. Mobile will always be a few years behind the desktop platform.
 
 
+1 #4 Alereon 2010-09-08 11:34
Realistically, there just isn't a market for low-performance x86 mobile chips anymore. AMD's Bobcat and upcoming, potentially non-crappy versions of the Intel Atom have that market sewn up, along with excellent power-efficiency. The ARM Cortex A9-MP dual-core CPUs are going to own the non-Windows smartbook/netbook/notebook market, and nVidia's Tegra 5 should bring Windows to the ARM platform with the ability to execute x86 code on its ARM Cortex A10 64-bit processor, thanks to Transmeta's Code Morphing technology. Of course, this depends on nVidia's ability to actually execute on these plans, something they've proven quite incapable of doing thus far. All-in-all, there's no room for Via. Reminds me of the song, "anything you can do, I can do better..."
 

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