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Via launches mobile CPU

Via Technologies, Inc., took the wraps off its mobile processor Tuesday, a low-power 1GHz offering dubbed Antaur that will first ship into slim and light notebooks on sale in the China market, and then into the US and Europe. The Antaur is based on the architecture of the C3 "Nehemiah" processor core and consumes a maximum of 11 watts when running at top speed. Nominal draw is about 8 watts, which is about 4 watts less than the desktop version of the Nehemiah. Via has also included its PowerSaver 2.0 technology, which can reduce power consumption by as much as 50 percent, the company said.

"With the launch of the VIA Antaur processor, we see a tremendous opportunity to expand the overall size of the notebook market by enabling a new generation of innovative, slim and light designs," said Wenchi Chen, president and CEO of Via. "Wireless connectivity, extended battery life, and excellent performance will give people the freedom to fully enjoy the benefits of the ... mobile lifestyle."

Similar to the desktop version, other features of Antaur include advanced branch prediction, sixteen pipeline stages, support for SSE multimedia instructions, and a 64KB L2 cache. It also includes Via's PadLock Data Encryption Engine, a Random Number Generator implemented in hardware that improves security over a network or the Internet.

News source: EETimes - Via launches mobile CPU

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