Chip maker VIA is introducing a new line of low-power, high performance processors. The Nano family of chips (formerly known under the codename Isaiah) are a long overdue upgrade to VIA’s C7-M series. While the C7 chips are certainly low-power, they also underperform similar chips from Intel. The 1.2GHz C7 CPU in my HP Mini-Note, for example, feels sluggish when multi-tasking, and the computer does a horrible job of handling online video from sites like Hulu.
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.