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 VIA Announces Eden and Eden ULV Processors
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Message Text: VIA Technologies announced the new fanless Eden processor family with the VIA V4 bus that offer unbeatable power efficiency in design and performance within the compact nanoBGA2 package of 21mm x 21mm .

Taking full advantage of the advanced VIA CoolStream architecture and world-class 90nm manufacturing, the new 1GHz VIA Eden ULV processor has an incredibly low maximum design power (TDP) of just 3.5 watts and the 1.5GHz part of just 7.5 watts, while the whole VIA Eden processor family boasts the industry's lowest idle power of just half a watt.

The highly efficient VIA V4 bus interface of the new VIA C7 processor family enables VIA Eden processors to deliver unprecedented performance in the embedded field, with an average performance increase of more than 30% across leading industry benchmarks over previous VIA Eden processor generations, while maintaining the signature fanless operation through enhanced power efficiency to ensure no active cooling is required.

"To be able to offer processor speeds up to 1.5GHz within such a low power envelope is a remarkable advance for the x86 market, placing us clearly ahead of the competition and enabling more powerful embedded and silent systems," said Richard Brown, Vice President of Corporate Marketing, VIA Technologies, Inc. "With these unprecedented levels of performance and power efficiency, the new VIA Eden processor looks set to extend our leadership in markets such as thin clients, where increasingly intelligent, stylish x86 devices require more powerful yet still very cool processing capabilities."

Specifically targeted at a range of business, industrial and commercial applications such as thin clients, silent desktops, IPCs and set top boxes, the new VIA Eden processor line is available at different speeds to meet the needs of those different vertical market segments. All of the new processors have been designed to operate at very low maximum power (TDP); ranging from 400MHz at just 2.5W up to 1.2GHz at 7W. The ultra low voltage skus, VIA Eden ULV processors, take power-efficiency a quantum step further, with the 1GHz and 1.5GHz parts designed for a maximum of an incredibly low 3.5W and 7.5W respectively.

Operating power is further reduced with VIA PowerSaver technology that enables the VIA Eden processor to transition between maximum processor speed and the lowest speed of 400MHz, depending on application requirements, within a single clock cycle, which also ensures seamless running of real-time operating systems and ensures no latency issues.

The new VIA Eden processor boasts competitive write bandwidth and linear ordering modes, as well as MMX, SSE2 and SSE3 support for enhanced multimedia performance, and 128KB of both L1 and L2 on-die cache. It also integrates the world's most comprehensive set of security tools in the VIA PadLock Security Engine, which can be enabled within applications to provide military-grade protection of business or personal information.
 
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