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
galvanash
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2006-01-25

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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stestagg Member since:
2006-06-03

You talk about struggling performance, then you suggest that MythTV would be a good viewing interface??

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mofojones Member since:
2006-03-27

"You talk about struggling performance, then you suggest that MythTV would be a good viewing interface??"

The keyword here is frontend

Edited 2008-01-25 16:33 UTC

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galvanash Member since:
2006-01-25

You talk about struggling performance, then you suggest that MythTV would be a good viewing interface??


Im not sure I am parsing your reply correctly, but Ill try. MythTV IS a good viewing interface (imo). The question is whether this chip is suitable for it. In a nutshell I'm saying that VIA's new chip mounted on a nano-ITX epia board _could_ be a wonderful platform for a MythTV frontend. The _could_ meaning there is basically a performance sweetspot for doing 720P decoding - and all this chip has to do is reach it with a bit of breathing room. I dont think it will be able to do 1080P, but 720P is definitely possible.

Not everyone cares about the same things. Many (if not most) people run Myth monolithically. Nothing wrong with that, but I prefer having my backend/tuners in a wiring closet and putting a frontend on each TV. A frontend the size of a small paperback book that can do 720P decoding for less than $400 would be pretty nice (for me anyway - to each his own).

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