VIA announces Esther processor


— 12:49 PM on May 20, 2004

The new queen of VIA Technologies' x86 chip lineup is Esther, also known as C5J. Built on IBM's 90nm SOI process, the processor is said to consume just 3.5W at 1GHz. Esther will come with 128KB L1 and 256KB L2 caches, an 800MHz bus, and SSE instruction support. The chip is expected to scale up to around 2GHz. As the NX execution protection ship leaves the dock, VIA is hopping on board, and bringing further enhancements to its PadLock security package, such as features for secure hash (SHA-1 and SHA-256) algorithms, and RSA encryption. Svelte as she may be, Esther certainly won't be short on power.

 
   
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