VIA launched the VIA C7-M mobile processor at the VIA Technology Forum 2005, with compact notebooks exemplifying the ‘Simply Mobile’ lifestyle featured on the VIA booth at Computex 2005. The VIA C7-M processor is based on the advanced VIA CoolStream™ architecture of the ‘Esther’ core that minimizes power consumption within an ultra compact die while optimizing performance, making it an ideal solution for a wide range of mobile systems, from extra slim personal laptops to mainstream corporate notebooks. Initially available at speeds of 1.5GHz+, the VIA C7-M processor comprises a host of performance features such as StepAhead™ Advanced Branch Prediction, sixteen pipeline stages, support for SSE2 and the advanced SSE3 multimedia 3D instruction sets, a full-speed Floating Point Unit (FPU) and an efficiency-enhanced 128KB full-speed exclusive L2 cache with 32-way associativity for memory optimization. The VIA C7-M processor is sampling now and will enter mass production at the end of Q2.

VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator and developer of silicon chip
technologies and PC platform solutions, today launched the VIA C7-M mobile
processor at the VIA Technology Forum 2005, with compact notebooks exemplifying
the ‘Simply Mobile’ lifestyle featured on the VIA booth at Computex 2005.

Specifically designed for the rapid-growth mobile segments of mainstream and
thin and light notebooks and ultra portable devices, the VIA C7-M boasts a
winning formula of superb power consumption and management for longer battery
life, all the performance required for all the popular digital media and
productivity applications with speeds of up to 2.0GHz, and an unrivalled suite
of security features integrated directly onto the processor die for easy and
practical deployment of high-end security functionality.

“With its perfect blend of performance, power management, profile and price, the
VIA C7-M processor can do more to drive notebooks mainstream than any other
single innovation on the mobile platform,” said Richard Brown, Associate Vice
President of Marketing, VIA Technologies, Inc. “Moreover, as security rapidly
becomes the number one concern in the mobile space, the extensive hardware
security within the VIA C7-M brings pervasive information security in the mobile
space within easy and practical reach for the first time.”

The VIA C7 processor combines exceptionally low power consumption with a host of
unique technologies to maintain cool running and extend battery life. The
enhanced VIA PowerSaver technology combines superior power management through
defining intelligent power stage changes with ultra low power levels in sleep
mode, while the advanced 90nm system-on-insulator (SOI) process allows
unprecedented levels of integration within the tiny 30mm2 processor die,
permitting performance scalability and considerable feature additions while
maintaining the signature low power draw of VIA processors.

About the VIA C7-M Mobile Processor

The VIA C7-M processor is based on the advanced VIA CoolStream™ architecture of
the ‘Esther’ core that minimizes power consumption within an ultra compact die
while optimizing performance, making it an ideal solution for a wide range of
mobile systems, from extra slim personal laptops to mainstream corporate
notebooks. Consuming as little as 100mW (0.1W) idle power and a maximum thermal
design power (TDP) of around 20 watts at 2.0GHz, the VIA C7-M processor also
features VIA PowerSaver technology to reduce processor power draw by as much as
50% to further extend battery life. With its low profile nanoBGA2 package
measuring just 21mm x 21mm, the VIA C7-M has only minimal active cooling
requirements to enable designs with thinner and smaller components, reducing
notebook weight and thickness.

Initially available at speeds of 1.5GHz+, the VIA C7-M processor comprises a
host of performance features such as StepAhead™ Advanced Branch Prediction,
sixteen pipeline stages, support for SSE2 and the advanced SSE3 multimedia 3D
instruction sets, a full-speed Floating Point Unit (FPU) and an
efficiency-enhanced 128KB full-speed exclusive L2 cache with 32-way
associativity for memory optimization. Coupled with one of the VIA C-Series
digital media chipsets, the VIA C7-M processor provides smooth playback of
digital video and audio, and offers exceptional memory and peripheral support.
The unique TwinTurbo PLL implementation acts like automatic transmission,
permitting smooth transition between activity states to within one clock cycle,
to ensure always-on service and minimize latency.

To enhance the confidentiality, integrity, and authenticity of electronic data
for mobile users on the go, the VIA C7-M has augmented the industry-leading
on-die hardware cryptographic acceleration features within the VIA PadLock™
Hardware Security Suite, adding SHA-1 and SHA-256 hashing for secure message
digests for data integrity, and a hardware based Montgomery Multiplier
supporting key sizes up to 32K in length to accelerate public key cryptography,
such as RSA™, to the world’s best random number generator (RNG) and AES
Encryption Engine in the previous processor generation. 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.

VIA C7-M Mobile Processor Availability

The VIA C7-M processor is sampling now and will enter mass production at the end
of Q2