VIA C7 Esther CPU Launched

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VIA today announced the new VIA C7 processor
family based on the ‘Esther’ core, the world’s smallest, lowest power and most
secure native x86 processor. IBM’s leading 90nm SOI manufacturing technology and at
a tiny die size of a mere 30mm2, the VIA C7 processor idle power
is as low as 100mW (0.1W), while 2.0GHz will run at about 20 watts peak power,
an average of 40% cooler than competitor solutions. Initially to be launched at speeds of up to 2.0GHz, the VIA C7 processor
boasts the highly efficient VIA V4 bus interface with speeds of up to 800MHz
with competitive write bandwidth and linear ordering modes, as well as SSE2 and
SSE3 support for enhanced multimedia performance, and 128KB of both L1 and L2
on-die cache memory.
The VIA C7 processor will enter mass production at the end of Q2.

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VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator and developer of silicon chip
technologies and PC platform solutions, today announced the new VIA C7 processor
family based on the ‘Esther’ core, the world’s smallest, lowest power and most
secure native x86 processor.

IBM’s leading 90nm System-on-Insulator (SOI) manufacturing technology employed
at their state-of-the-art fabrication plant at East Fishkill, New York has
permitted unprecedented levels of integration, providing the basis for
significant performance boosts within industry-leading power and thermal
profiles. With a tiny die size of a mere 30mm2, the VIA C7 processor idle power
is as low as 100mW (0.1W), while 2.0GHz will run at about 20 watts peak power,
an average of 40% cooler than competitor solutions.

Developed from the ground up for low power by Centaur Technologies, VIA’s
processor design subsidiary based in Austin, Texas, USA, the VIA C7 processor is
especially targeted at mainstream thin and light notebooks, mini PCs, green
clients, personal electronics such as home media centers and PVRs, and high
density server and server appliances that leverage the winning low power, low
heat, high performance and high security combination.

“For me, the ‘Esther’ core is the embodiment of my vision for a cool, secure and
versatile processor that will take the x86 platform to the next level,” said
Glenn Henry, President of Centaur Technologies and chief architect of the
power-efficient processor design strategy. “It is the culmination of many years
of designing for the optimal balance of mobility, performance, and security.”

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Initially to be launched at speeds of up to 2.0GHz, the VIA C7 processor
boasts the highly efficient VIA V4 bus interface with speeds of up to 800MHz
with competitive write bandwidth and linear ordering modes, as well as SSE2 and
SSE3 support for enhanced multimedia performance, and 128KB of both L1 and L2
on-die cache memory.

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The VIA C7 processor also signals an era of practical pervasive security due
to the industry-leading security features of the VIA PadLock Hardware Security
Suite, a family of advanced security technologies providing on-die hardware
acceleration for key cryptographic operations. In addition to the world’s best
random number generator (RNG) and AES Encryption Engine in the previous
processor generation, the VIA C7 processor adds SHA-1 and SHA-256 hashing for
secure message digests, and a hardware based Montgomery Multiplier supporting
key sizes up to 32K in length to accelerate public key cryptography, such as RSA™.
The VIA C7 also provides execute protection (NX), providing protection from
malicious software such as worms and viruses, and is used in Microsoft® Windows®
XP with SP2. Integrating security directly onto the processor die ensures speeds
and efficiency many times that available in software, yet with negligible impact
on processor performance.

“With the rest of the market moving towards low power, heat efficient processor
design and distributed platforms, the industry is clearly starting to follow the
direction we have been championing for many years,” said Wenchi Chen, President
and CEO, VIA Technologies, Inc. “The VIA C7 processor will underpin our next
generation platforms and enable us to maintain our leadership in driving the
next wave of platform innovation.”

VIA C7 Processor Availability
The VIA C7 processor will enter mass production at the end of Q2. For more
information on the VIA C7 processor, please visit the VIA website at:

http://www.via.com.tw/en/products/processors/c7/

VIA PadLock
Hardware Security Suite
VIA C3 Nehemiah
C5P
VIA C7 Esther
C5J
Benefits
Secure Hash  

Full SHA-1 &
SHA-256
20Gbps peak

Data integrity and origin
authentication in data transfer
Virus Protection   NX bit
Protects against virus attacks
Encryption
Full AES Encryption ECB,CBC,CFB,OFB hdw modes 25Gbps peak@2GHz

+ RSA hardware assist (Montgomery Multiplier) +CBC/CFB-MAC/ CTR modes

• Ultra fast AES encryption
• US government standard
•Hardware acceleration for public key encryption
Hardware RNG 2 h/w RNGs
+ enhanced performance
+ feeds to SHA

•  On-die makes it hard to crack
•  Greater randomness
•  Many times faster than software
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