Via shows dual-core Nano processor

Commercial version of the dual-core product should be ready in six months

Via Technologies showed off a working prototype of its dual-core x86 processor, the Nano DC, at the Computex exhibition in Taiwan.

Via demonstrated the prototype chip in a system that was playing a high-definition video. The processor runs at a clock speed of 1.6GHz and was manufactured using a 65-nanometer process, said C.J. Holthaus, a member of Via's Centaur processor design team.

The dual-core Nano has been in the works for some time. The Nano was originally expected to hit the market in 2009, but that was pushed back. Now, Via is finally ready to bring the chip to market.

"It'll be a product in about 6 months. This is mainly a technology demonstration," Holthaus said.

The commercial version of the processor won't be made using a 65-nanometer process, Holthaus said, declining to say what manufacturing process would be used other than to describe it as a "next-generation" technology.

Via had high hopes for the Nano when it announced it in 2008. Via has since sold the chips to several top PC vendors, including Lenovo and Samsung, but it hasn't dramatically changed the company's market share -- a distant third place behind Intel and Advanced Micro Devices.

That hasn't shaken Via's confidence in the product itself, though. "It's really good performance," Holthaus said, comparing it to low-power versions of Intel's Core 2 Duo processors.

Join the newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection

Tags Computex 2010Nano processor

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Sumner Lemon

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Cool Tech

SanDisk MicroSDXC™ for Nintendo® Switch™

Learn more >

Breitling Superocean Heritage Chronographe 44

Learn more >

Toys for Boys

Family Friendly

Panasonic 4K UHD Blu-Ray Player and Full HD Recorder with Netflix - UBT1GL-K

Learn more >

Stocking Stuffer

Razer DeathAdder Expert Ergonomic Gaming Mouse

Learn more >

Christmas Gift Guide

Click for more ›

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Edwina Hargreaves

WD My Cloud Home

I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.

Walid Mikhael

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.

Ben Ramsden

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Ratchada Dunn

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.

George Khoury

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?