VIA Technologies goes mobile with Antaur

VIA Technologies has launched its new Antaur mobile processor, designed for use in thin and light notebooks

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By  Mark Sutton Published  July 15, 2003

VIA has entered the mobile market, with a new processor for slim and light notebooks. The Antaur mobile processor features low power consumption and thermal density, along with performance enhancements for mobile use.

The 1GHz processor is based on VIA’s Nehemiah core, that cuts power consumption to as little as 11 watts. It also has PowerSaver 2.0 technology, to further reduce power consumption by up to 50%.

Along with its superior power consumption, the Antaur also includes 64KB full-speed L2 cache, StepAhead Advanced Branch Prediction, sixteen pipeline stages, support for SSE multimedia instructions and full speed floating point unit. For enhanced security the chip integrates the VIA PadLock data encryption engine.

Wenchi Chen, president and CEO of VIA Technologies commented: “With the launch of the VIA Antaur processor, we see a tremendous opportunity to expand the overall size of the notebook market by enabling a new generation of innovative, slim and light designs. Wireless connectivity, extended battery life, and excellent performance will give people the freedom to fully enjoy the benefits of the Simply Mobile lifestyle.”

The processors are shipping in volumes now, with Antaur-based notebooks expected by the fourth quarter.

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