VIA launches smallest native x86 CPU

Posted on Tuesday, October 14 2003 @ 18:43 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
VIA has introduced the VIA Eden-N processor, this combines their Nehemiah core with a new nanoBGA package. Total measures are only 15mm x 15mm, with thermal characteristics of only 7 watts at 1GHz, 6W at 800MHz and 4W at 533MHz. It will be used on for example the upcoming VIA Nano-ITX mainboard form factor, which measures only 12cm x 12cm.

The VIA Eden-N processor comes packed with advanced performance features such as StepAhead™ Advanced Branch Prediction, sixteen pipeline stages, support for SSE multimedia instructions, a full-speed Floating Point Unit (FPU) and an efficiency-enhanced 64KB Full-Speed Exclusive L2 cache with 16-way associativity for memory optimization. For enhanced digital media applications such as high quality DVD and audio playback, the VIA Eden-N processor can be coupled with the highly acclaimed VIA CLE266 chipset, featuring an integrated hardware MPEG-2 decoder, DDR266 SDRAM support, VIA Vinyl™ Audio integrated 5.1 surround sound, high-speed USB2.0 ports, and 10/100 Fast Ethernet.

The VIA Eden-N processor employs VIA's advanced CoolStream™ architecture that is packed with digital media performance features, including support for sixteen pipeline stages, SSE and MMX multimedia instructions, StepAhead™ Advanced Branch Prediction, an efficiency- enhanced 64KB Full-Speed Exclusive L2 cache with 16-way associativity, and a full-speed FPU.

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Thomas has been messing with computer since early childhood and firmly believes the Internet is the best thing since sliced bread. Enjoys playing with new tech, is fascinated by science, and passionate about financial markets. When not behind a computer, he can be found with running shoes on or lifting heavy weights in the weight room.

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Re: VIA launches smallest native x86 CPU
by Anonymous on Wednesday, October 15 2003 @ 1:15 CEST
okay, warm up the bench. March until we can run this thing?!? Argh! I want it now!

  • Reply by Anonymous on Wednesday, October 15 2003 @ 21:43 CEST

    this is the better than the wine discover