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VIA pc-1 - a cheap power efficient computer platform

Posted on Saturday, June 17 2006 @ 13:06:06 CEST by

VIA insiders have leaked the specifications of the company's affordable $300 pc-1 platform:
The heart of VIA's pc-1 platform are the pc1500, pc2000 and pc2500 CPUs; all three of which are unannounced at this time. The model name is supposed to correspond to the equivalent performance of a Celeron processor in MHz; so a pc2500 CPU should perform approximately the same or better than a 2.5GHz single-core Celeron. The 90nm x86 processors feature 128KB L1 and 128KB L2 cache -- 32-way, victim replacement. The new CPU supports also SSE1, SSE2, SSE3, as well as enhancements for cryptography including SHA-1, AES and RSA optimizations. A 400MHz front side bus connects the CPU to the CN700 or CN800 Northbridge over the V4 interconnect. Since the CPU has no integrated memory controller, DDR1 or DDR2 support is entirely up to the core logic chipset. VIA C7 and C7-M configurations for pc-1 also show up on the roadmap, though it appears as the majority push is using the pc2000 and pc2500 CPUs.
The special thing about this is the low power consumption. The whole CPU consumes less than 0.5W at idle, with a TDP of 24W for pc2500 and 13W for pc2000. More details and pictures can be found at DailyTech.



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