The small Taiwanese chip maker VIA and its CPU development department Centaur have just announced a new lowest power Quad core x86 processor. This energy-efficient multi-core architecture has a TDP (Thermal Design Power) of only 27.5 watts, the 1.2+ GHz VIA QuadCore processor is 21% more energy efficient than the nearest competitor. VIA QuadCore processors combine four ‘Isaiah’ cores on two dies which enables
multi-tasking and multimedia performance.
Initially available at a speed of 1.2+GHz, VIA QuadCore processors are natively 64-bit compatible and come with a host of additional performance features including Adaptive Overclocking, 4MB L2 cache, and the 1333MHz V4 Bus.
Other features include VIA VT virtualization, a technology that allows legacy software and applications to be used in virtual scenarios and VIA PadLock with the Advanced Cryptography Engine which delivers AES encryption.
The chip is fabricated on a 40-nanometer process at 21×21 millimeters. As usual, the processor is fully pin-compatible with VIA’s older processors. During Computex in Taipei starting May 31st we’ll be able to take a look at some new devices based on these chips!
In terms of performance VIA is going up against AMD’s E-350 “Zacate” which runs at 1.6 GHz, only has two cores and has a TDP of only 18 watts. VIA’s quad core runs at 27.5 watts while integrating its Chrome9HD integrated graphics solution. To get a sense of how they really stack up against each other below you’ll find the CPU benchmarks: