Via unveils low-power C7-M chip for laptops

Via unveiled Wednesday the mobile version of its recently announced C7 processor.

Via Technologies announced yesterday that it has begun shipping samples of its C7-M processor, the mobile version of the company's C7 chip unveiled last week.

Via's announcement of the C7-M came during the annual Computex exhibition in Taipei

The C7-M, based on Via's Esther processor core, offers power management features that were not enabled in the C7. With the addition of this feature, the power consumption of the chip can be reduced by as much as 50 percent compared to the C7, Via said.

The C7-M, which is produced for Via by IBM using a 90-nanometer production process, consumes as little as 0.1 watt of power when idling. Maximum power consumption when running at 2GHz is around 20 watts, according to Via.

While the C7-M can run at speeds up to 2GHz, the initial versions of the chip will run at speeds of 1.5GHz and higher. The company said a 2GHz version will be available, but did not indicate when it would hit the market

The C7-M will enter mass production at the end of June, Via said. Pricing of the chip was not disclosed.

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