Almost two years have passed since we took our first look at Via's Isaiah architecture in action. Today, that architecture is moving into the embedded market. Via has announced a new sub-group within its Nano processor lineup: the E series, which seem to have the same clock speeds and idle power draw ratings as their non-embedded siblings, just with an 800MHz model at the bottom and no 1.4GHz or 2GHz parts.
Via notes that these chips will bring "native 64-bit software support, virtualization capabilities and extended longevity support to embedded markets." Isaiah has had 64-bit support from the beginning, and virtualization made it in last year. The extra longevity sounds new, however. Via says E-series chips have "guaranteed product longevity of seven years."
The processors also support Via's VX800 and VX855 chipsets, plus the upcoming VX900 and VN1000. As we wrote a few months back, the VN1000 chipset delivers DirectX 10.1 integrated graphics and support for DDR3-1066 memory, among other perks.
Via doesn't say when we can expect the first systems featuring E-series Nano chips, but it does note that samples are already available to prospective customers.
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