The chips, which utilize the so-called Isaiah architecture, are expected to provide double the performance of the company's current chips but consume the same amount of power. They will come with two cores and run at 2 gigahertz.
The first Isaiah chips will make their debut toward the middle of the year., but it has now released the fuller specifications.
Via occupies only a sliver of the market, but it has managed to land a few interesting design wins with its low-power chips.
For Via, the new processors sport a few firsts. For one thing, the chips can process instructions out of order, something chips from Intel and Advanced Micro Devices have done for years. This enables the chip to keep churning while waiting for crucial data.
To date, Via has stuck with in-order execution to keep power consumption low.
"With out-of-order execution, you can do things while waiting. The bad news is that you execute things that later get thrown away" and hence consume more power than necessary, said Glenn Henry, president of Centaur Technology, which is Via's processor design subsidiary.
The chips will also be capable of processing 64-bit software.since 2003. Intel came out with so-called a few years later.
Although 64-bit chips have been out for years, few consumers or even business users actually use 64-bit software on their desktops and notebooks. The severalhurt the evolution of a 64-bit market.