VIA announces Antaur mobile processor

VIA has announced the Antaur, a mobile processor based on the Nehemiah C3 core. The Antaur will initially be available at a cool 1GHz and feature extra power saving technology that drops its power consumption down to as little as 11 watts. VIA is targeting the Antaur at thin and light notebooks designed with wireless networking in mind, though it doesn't look like VIA is specifically bundling the processor with any wireless networking chips.

Whether the Antaur can compete with Transmeta and Intel's low voltage mobile chips remains to be seen, but there should certainly be room in an ever-growing notebook market for the processor. Given the surging popularity of notebooks, I have to wonder how long it will be before thin and light Antaur-powered machines end up on Wal Mart's shelves.

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