VIA announces energy efficient Nano 3000 processors
Processor manufacturer VIA announced a ne Nano series. The new Nano 3000 chips are supposed to compete with Intel's Atom CPUs.
With the Nano 3000 VIA has announced a new processor generation. The successors of the Nano 2000s are supposed to be very energy efficient and thus be a main competitor to Intel's Atom chips.
The clock speeds of the new CPUs vary between 1.0 and 2.0 GHz. Besides the 64 bit technology they also support virtualization technology and SSE4. The basic design of the Isaiah architecture has not been changed so it is the same that has been used for the Nano 2000 models. As typical for VIA the new CPUs also support the Padlock Security Engine for data encryption.
In the chart below we listed the differences between the individual VIA Nano 3000 CPUs.
|Model||CPU clock||FSB||Power consumption (idle)|
|L3100||2.0 GHz||800||500 mW|
|L31050||1.8 GHz||800||500 mW|
|U3100||1.3+ GHz||800||100 mW|
|U3200||1.4 GHz||800||100 mW|
|U3300||1.2 GHz||800||100 mW|
|U3500||1.0 GHz||800||100 mW|
Regardless of the fact that the specifications are quite similar to those of the previous generation, VIA promises drop in power consumption of 20 percent with a simultaneous performance benefit of 20 percent. Due to the NanoBGA2 package the Nano 3000 processors are pin compatible to the previous VIA series Nano 1000, Nano 2000, C7, C7-M and Eden. Currently there is no information about the Thermal Design Power of the new processors. Since mass production is supposed to begin in Q1 2010, OEMs and motherboard manufacturers can already order Nano 3000 processors from VIA.
For more information about the new processors, see the VIA Nano 3000 product website.
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