VIA readies new, speedier processor architecture

Although it's been badly beaten on the performance front by both AMD and Intel, VIA doesn't appear to be planning to give up on the x86 processor market anytime soon. According to a report by DigiTimes, the Taiwanese company is planning to introduce a brand new processor architecture in the first quarter of 2008. The architecture will materialize in a processor core code-named Isaiah, which will feature 64-bit support, 65nm process technology, 1MB of L2 cache, a 1333MHz bus, as well as virtualization and ECC memory support.

For reference, VIA's current processor core—code-named Esther—is 32-bit, based on 90nm process technology, has only 128KB of cache, and pumps data through an 800MHz FSB. Isaiah's clock speeds reportedly won't stray from Esther's 1GHz-2GHz range, but DigiTimes says the upcoming chip will be twice as fast as its predecessor.

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