Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 24th Jan 2008 22:35 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems "VIA's newly launched processor architecture, known for the last three years by its codename, "Isaiah," will keep the company's focus on cost and power intact while taking things in a substantially different direction. In short, this year will see something truly odd happen on the low end of the x86 market: VIA and Intel will, architecturally speaking, switch places. Intel will take a giant step down the power/performance ladder with the debut of Silverthorne/Diamondville, its first in-order x86 processor design since the original Pentium, while VIA will attempt to move up into Intel's territory with its first-ever out-of-order, fully buzzword-compliant processor, codenamed Isaiah. In this brief article, I'll give an overview of Isaiah and of what VIA hopes to accomplish with this new design. Most of the high-level details of Isaiah have been known since at least 2004, when VIA began publicizing the forthcoming processor's general feature list (i.e., 64-bit support, out-of-order execution, vector processing, memory disambiguation, and others). So I'll focus here on a recap of those features and on a broader look at the market that VIA is headed into."
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Actually looks pretty good...
by galvanash on Fri 25th Jan 2008 00:26 UTC
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We wont know until there are some real benchmarks available, but the fundamental design appears to indicate that this chip could come close to clock-for-clock parity with say a Pentium-M (hopefully at least that) or even a Core-2 Celeron (unlikely but that would be awesome).

I know alot of people look at that and say "so what?". Well VIA's Epia stuff (nano-ITX) is a _very_ nice platform for small embedded systems (firewalls, routers, etc.) A chip like this on a nano-itx board would make it possible to build _really_ small desktop machines, UMPCs, and even home theater PCs (the current C7 based stuff is just too slow for most uses). It _should_ have enough horsepower to at least do 720P decoding (1080P may be too much for it, but its certainly within the realm of possibility). A MythTV frontend using one of these would be sweet!

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