VIA is updating its low power line of Nano processors. The new Nano 3000 chips feature a 64-bit architecture and run from 1GHz to 2GHz. They’re all capable of handling 1080p HD video playback.
According to VIA, the new chips outperform earlier Nano processors by more than 20% in the PCMark 05 and 3Dmark 2006 benchmarks. In those same tests, the Nano 3000 processors outperform the 1.6GHz Intel Atom N270 CPU by about 40% to 50%. Meanwhile, the new chips use up to 20 percent less power than VIA’s current offerings.
The VIA Nano 3000 chips are compatible with earlier VIA sockets, which means that PC makers can easily slot the Nano 3000 into motherboards designed for VIA C7, C7-M, Eden, and earlier Nano processors.
There are six models in the VIA Nano 3000 series. You can read more about them in the chart after the break.
Would be curious to see what the actual max Power Consumption now that idle use is compatible with the Atoms.
One of these coupled with Ion 2 could finally see VIA develop into a genuinely strong player in the market and its about time too. Excellent company, excellent products, would be great to see what they could produce with a little more R&D money.
maybe they can!! We just need to wait and see!!
I seriously love the snot outta the VIA chips; if they can deliver on the promise of HD video, I’m there. I use full-disk encryption, openvpn and ssh all over the place, and the Padlock SSL accelerator in my HTPC running an EPIA 1000 board freaking screams even compared to a full C2D. I’m a little leary about how/whether Flash video will work in HD on this thing, whether Flash 10 will use whatever accelerator they’re including, but I’m also hoping to see Flash die a gory death impaled on HTML5.
The only thing I see missing is hardware virtualization support, which would be a nice-to-have for testing Linux KVM, but certainly overkill for the markets VIA is targeting.
Yeah, like your going to wait for VIA to release documentation?
Hope you are very young, it will be a long wait going by their track record.
whatchew talkin bout, Mikez? If you’re addressing my virtualization comment, I was talking about hardware virtualization support e.g. AMD-V/VT-x, which won’t be in this chip (nor would I expect it to, it would just be extra awesome)
According to this article on Fudzilla, they do have virtualisation support. https://www.fudzilla.com/content/view/16256/1/
Oh snap! And pin-compatible with my EPIA 1K. I know what I’m spending $30 on before too long…
Mikez, what were you complaining about WRT documentation? I’m interested to know.
Please post the link to the *public* copy of this processor’s Technical Reference Guide.
I already have the (NDA) C7-M TR, would like to see it public also.
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