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Friday, 13 May 2011 09:53

VIA shows off its first quad-core

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Two stitched Nano cores
Just months after it introduced the first Nano dual-core processor, VIA has shown off a quad-core version.

The idea is rather simple, VIA slapped two stitched Nano cores into the same package and voila, it came up with its first quad core. Although this approach has some deficiencies over native quad-cores, it is much easier to construct, hence the new chips could appear on the market rather soon.

Clock speeds start at 1.2GHz and the quad-core nano features 128KB of L1 cache and 4MB of L2 cache. The memory controller is in the northbridge and it uses a 1333MHz bus. The TDP stands at 27.5W, which is quite a bit higher than Atom and Brazos.

However, this is a quad-core and VIA seems confident that it can outperform both platforms. In some multithreaded tests VIA managed to leave Brazos in the dust, but in others it was neck and neck. Overall the quad-core Nano is apparently about 10 percent faster than AMD’s E-350 and some 25 percent faster than a dual-core Atom.

It is hard to see where VIA will find the niche for such a product. Although it offers decent performance, its TDP is too high for ultraportable notebooks or nettops, so it will be relegated to big and cheap notebooks or small form factor desktops.

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+4 #1 eugen 2011-05-13 10:03
yes baby and after notebooks visit the desktop market maybe.
 
 
+2 #2 godrilla 2011-05-13 17:32
With Intel talking about Ivy-bridge based on 22nm and AMD is coming out with 32nm soon this 40nm quad-core seems late to the game (based on x86).
If you take the next Windows 8 built into account ( which is compatible with ARM as well)by the time someone actually places this into their devices we will see more powerful and efficient product on the market!
 
 
0 #3 Medallish 2011-05-15 18:24
Surprised no one has point out that AMD have had a Mobile Phenom II Quadcore @ 1.8 and 1.6GHz with a 25W TDP since last year.
And they should definitely have a higher than 10% performance compared to Brazos as they are based on Stars CPU's and Brazos is a cut down K8.
Via should have worked on something better than this.
 
 
0 #4 pogsnet 2011-05-16 04:42
Phenom II Quad Core never went to mass production compare to Brazos and Atoms which may share similar fate with Nano. But Brazos is not K8, it is K10.1 minus the features you dont need for mobile platform. You probably read to much article from Fuad which is 90% incorrect, 5% correct, 5% lies.
 
 
0 #5 Medallish 2011-05-16 07:58
Quoting pogsnet:
Phenom II Quad Core never went to mass production compare to Brazos and Atoms which may share similar fate with Nano. But Brazos is not K8, it is K10.1 minus the features you dont need for mobile platform. You probably read to much article from Fuad which is 90% incorrect, 5% correct, 5% lies.

Well Nano x2 has never sold as well as Atom or Brazo's either, and looking on the market there seems to be quite a big amount of Phenom II mobiles atleast when compared to how AMD did in Laptops before. My laptop happens to have the 2.1GHz 34W Phenom II.
I'm pretty sure Brazos is K8, Fuad's misleading article was about Llano, which he said would be K8, but we all know will be "Stars" core, so therefore based on K10+
 

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