VIA Technologies has announced the Nano 3000 Series processors for thin-and-light laptops and all-in-one desktop PCs.
The new generation of CPUs based on ‘Isaiah’ architecture are clocked from 1GHz to 2GHz, depending on model, and have an 800MHz front side bus. The Nano 3000 support “flawless playback of high bit-rate 1080p HD video”, 64-bit computing, and virtualization technology. The chips include SSE4 set of instructions for enhanced multimedia processing and VIA PadLock technology providing hardware security features.
According to VIA, the Nano 3000 Series deliver up to 20% higher performance using up to 20% less power than current Nano processors. The chip maker has also posted PC Mark and 3D Mark benchmark results showing that the Nano 3000 at 1.6GHz is much faster than the 1.6GHz Intel Atom.
VIA Nano 3000 Series processor samples are currently available for OEMs and motherboard vendors, and will enter mass production in Q1 2010, the chip maker says.