Nano chips feature pin compatibility with the VIA C7 processors, which means it should be easy for PC makers to upgrade from C7 to Nano architecture.
The Nano chips will range from 1GHz to 1.8GHz in speed, while consuming just 5 to 25 watts. Nano procesors will come in two classes, with lower powered chips that are ideal for low-cost ultraportables and higher powered chips designed for desktops and traditional laptop computers. So while VIA’s press release claims that the Nano processor can handle high performance tasks like playing Crysis or Blu-ray Discs, I wouldn’t expect to do that on a mini notebook anytime soon. But that doesn’t mean I don’t get a little excited when I read lines saying “offers as much as four times the performance within the same power range” as a C7 CPU.