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VIA announced tiny CPU for tiny systems

VIA Technologies, Inc., a developer of silicon chip technologies and PC platform solutions, today unveiled the new VIA Eden-N processor at the 16th annual Microprocessor Forum conference in San Jose.

Based on a new streamlined Nehemiah core architecture, the VIA Eden-N processor delivers enhanced digital media performance features and the industry´s most advanced embedded hardware security technologies in a tiny nanoBGA package measuring just 15mm x 15mm to provide the world´s smallest, lowest power, and most secure native x86 processor.

Combining the streamlined Nehemiah core architecture with a new nanoBGA package that measures only 15mm x 15mm, the VIA Eden-N processor is approximately the size of a penny and less than half the size of the Intel Pentium M processor, and with its enhanced thermal characteristics achieves a Thermal Design Power of only 6 watts at 800MHz and 7 watts at 1GHz.

The processor´s ultra low power consumption is of importance for small and quiet connected devices because it means that they can run without any cooling fans, significantly enhancing reliability during 24/7 operation. Its small size reduces motherboard real estate requirements, facilitating the development of smaller, more highly integrated footprints such as the forthcoming 12cm x 12cm VIA Nano-ITX mainboard form factor.

The VIA Eden-N processor adds advanced new on-die security features to the existing PadLock Security Suite on the Nehemiah core, including the new PadLock Advanced Cryptography Engine (ACE) and two hardware based RNGs. PadLock ACE provides world-class performance for the US government approved Advanced Encryption Standard (AES), performing cryptographic functions for securing e-mails, personal files, online transactions, and networks, including the latest high-bandwidth 802.11g wireless networks. PadLock ACE encrypts at rates of up to 12.5 Gigabits per second (Gbps) with a 1GHz VIA Eden-N processor, more than eight times faster than the best software AES implementation from a power hungry 3GHz Intel Pentium 4 processor based system that encrypts at a rate of a mere 1.5 Gbps.

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