National Geode GX2: x86 processor family updated
At Consumer Electronics Show 2003 National Semiconductor announced the prototype of its new-generation Geode GX2 processor. According to the company, samples are already being shipped to Nationalís partners, and the volume production is to be launchedin Q3 2003. GX2 are expecte to be used in various "thin clients", high-end consoles and HDTV sets.
On the wave of news from x86 leader manufacturers we sometrimes forget that such chips are produced by a number of companies. Geode GX2 do not pretend for global popularity in our desktops, but they have their own original features:
- Architecture: low-power 32-bit x86 processor supporting MMX and 3D Now!
- 32Kb L1 cache: 16Kb for instructions, 16Kb for data
- Integrated graphics
- Integrated video DAC, TFT and DSTN interfaces
- Integrated display controller, up to 1600x1200x16bpp@85Hz or 1280x1024x24bpp@85Hz
- Integrated 64-bit memory controller, PC133 SDRAM and DDR266
- Integrated thermal diode
- GeodeLink interconnect bus, up to 6Gb/s
- Active Hardware Power Management (AHPM)
- Access priority for real-time and isochronous devices
- PCI-66, up to 3 buses
- ACPI and APM support
- Clock: 200-400MHz
- Typical energy consumption: <1W
- Body: 368-pin EBGA
- Process technology: 0.15-micron, 1V core voltage
According to the company, Geode GX2 prototypes shipped have up to 300MHz clocks, but the volume versions will feature up to 400MHz clocks.
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