updated 11:00 pm EDT, Thu May 15, 2008
VIA 45nm, dual-core chips
Mobile processor manufacturer VIA on Thursday announced it would commence shipments of 45nm processor fabrications in 2009, as well as the company's first dual-core chips. DigiTimes writes that insiders have brought to light some of the specs, with the Isaiah-based dual-core processor allegedly featuring a 2GHz core frequency. The chip will sit on an 800 to 1333MHz bus, and will feature two pairs of 64KB L1 cache, and 1MB L2 cache.
The dual-core chip will be pin-compatible with the current C7 processor, and will be manufactured by Fujitsu using a 65nm process.
The announcement comes after both Intel and AMD announced low-power chip designs, such as Intel's Atom ultramobile processor, or its Montevino processor and the competing AMD Puma. Intel and AMD are looking at launching the aforementioned platforms in 2009 or 2010.
An Intel executive was also recently overheard saying that Apple has an Atom-based tablet PC in the works, while Intel's PR department denies the claim, explaining that the executive's statement was taken out of context, that he was referring to the iPhone as being a new concept in mobile computing.