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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by patrick_ on Fri 25th Jan 2008 03:11 UTC
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I've always loved VIA, ever since I've used their EPIA 5000 system (with the C3 CPU). Their focus on low-power design is great. As a programmer, I've found unless you're writing a CPU-intensive program, you don't need much to get the job done.

In fact, I've dropped my power usage about over 60W by downclocking my CPU from 3.2GHz to 1.2GHz. I don't even notice the difference when programming.

When I upgrade I'm thinking of going VIA.

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