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VIA Technologies has launched the low-power VIA Quadcore processor, which delivers excellent multi-threaded performance across the board for multi-tasking, multimedia playback and internet browsing.

The processor features an optimised, energy-efficient multi-core architecture.

The distributed performance of the VIA Quadcore is suitable for multi-display environments.

With a thermal design power of 27.5W, the 1.2+GHz VIA Quadcore processor is claimed to be 21 per cent more energy efficient than its nearest competitor, and is suitable for a range of desktop PC, notebook, small form-factor PC, all-in-one PC, and mini-server system design applications.

VIA Quadcore processors combine four Isaiah cores on two dies, offering enhanced multi-tasking and multimedia performance on a low power budget.

Initially available at a speed of 1.2+GHz, VIA Quadcore processors are natively 64-bit compatible and come with a range of additional performance features including adaptive overclocking, 4MB L2 cache, and the 1,333MHz v4 bus.

Other features include VIA VT virtualisation, a technology that allows legacy software and applications to be used in virtual scenarios without impacting performance; and VIA Padlock with the Advanced Cryptography Engine, which is claimed to deliver the world’s fastest AES encryption.

This hardware-based security feature offers data encryption on the fly – an essential tool in content protection and system security.

VIA Quadcore processors are manufactured using the 40nm process, and feature a VIA NanoBGA2 package of 21 x 21mm with a die size of 11 x 6mm.

They are pin-to-pin compatible with VIA Eden, VIA C7 and VIA Nano E-series, and VIA Eden X2 processors.

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