VIA Eden ULV 500MHz CPU uses only 1W

Posted on Thursday, Aug 23 2007 @ 20:07 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
VIA today unveiled a new 500MHz Eden ultra low voltage (ULV) processor that uses 1W under load and 0.1W at idle. Within the ultra compact 21mm x 21mm NanoBGA2 package, the VIA Eden ULV processor enables the x86 platform to squeeze into a smaller, lighter chassis than ever before.

“Giving our customers the building blocks to create innovative systems and driving PC technology into new markets defines our ‘Small is Beautiful’ strategy,” said Richard Brown, Vice President of Corporate Marketing, VIA Technologies, Inc. “With its performance, energy efficiency and compact size, our new VIA Eden ULV processor provides a way for embedded developers to add real value to their systems and push the market forward.”

The new processor can be combined with the ultra compact VIA CX700/M system media processor, an advanced all-in-one digital media chipset with a maximum operating power of just 3.5 watts, supporting a wide range of multimedia, connectivity and storage options and enabling system platforms with a maximum power of less than 10 watts.

Based on the VIA CoolStream Architecture, the 500MHz VIA Eden ULV processor is manufactured using an advanced 90nm process, which enables speeds of up to 500MHz with ultra low power consumption of 1W peak power and as low as 100mW (0.1W) idle power. Integrated into the processor is the VIA StepAhead Technology Suite, which boasts an extensive array of performance-enhancing features including the VIA V4 bus at 400MHz, sixteen pipeline stages, sophisticated branch prediction and an efficiency-enhanced 128KB full-speed exclusive L2 cache, ensuring the processor’s low power consumption doesn’t come at the expense of performance.

Aware of the increasing need for security in embedded applications, the 500MHz VIA Eden ULV integrates the world’s fastest x86 security system: the VIA PadLock Security Engine, which features the world’s most comprehensive set of security tools to enable real-time military-grade encryption of data. AES encryption, Secure Hash Algorithm SHA-1 and SHA-256, and a Montgomery Multiplier to accelerate the encryption process used under RSA and other public key transmissions are all enabled at unbeatable speeds, as well as NX Execute Protection to prevent worms from propagating, and dual quantum based random number generators give all the encryption tools an unshakable foundation for security.

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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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