VIA is working on Pentium 4 clone
VIA has started developing a new processor called CZA, which is said to be very similar to Intel's Pentium 4. VIA relies on the same architecture as Intel did for the Pentium 4. The CZA is to be manufactured in 0.10 µm technology and will come onto the market in 2003 or 2004.
A developer from VIA named the CPU a 'Pentium 4 clone' because like the Pentium 4 it relies on a 'Pentium 4 bus' and an '18' -level pipeline architecture. 'In addition, VIA also showed the C5X and C5XL at the Microprocessor Forum in San Jose, California Processors that are to appear with clock frequencies between 1.1 and 1.5 GHz in the first half of 2002. In view of the current licensing disputes between Intel and VIA, however, it seems very questionable how VIA will produce the new processor without several licensing rights from Intel VIA should not be able to bring such a processor onto the market without a license from Intel.