VIA's processor plans
VIA presented some news to the public at CeBIT, including the Mobile C3 with a clock frequency of 933 MHz. Also very interesting is VIA's new roadmap, which allows an outlook on VIA's future plans.
For desktop CPUs, VIA will be the C3 with 1.0 and 1.1 GHz clock frequencies in the second quarter on the market, both are based on the Ezra-T (C5M) core in 0.13 µ technology and then have 64 KB L2 cache. The C3 processors based on Socket 370 will then also support an FSB of 133 MHz and the multi-processor version of the C3 will also appear in the second quarter. In the second half of 2002 VIA will bring a completely new processor based on the 0.13 µ 'Nehemiah' (C5X) core, Socket 370 compatible and initially with a clock rate of 1.2 GHz. Here, too, VIA is planning a multiprocessor version that will appear at the end of the third quarter of 2002. The C5X is to receive 256 KB L2 cache, a pipeline expanded from 12 to 16 levels, a better FPU unit, an MMX unit and two SSE units. The C5X CPUs should be available in two versions, similar to AMD and Intel. The cheaper version will only have a 64 KB L2 cache and an SSE unit, which will also be noticeable in terms of performance. For 2003, VIA is aiming for a clock frequency of 1.5 GHz for the C5X CPUs. From 2004 there will be a new core, the CZA, which will then form the C4 processor. The C4 should be pin-compatible to the Pentium 4 and come onto the market with frequencies from 2 GHz. With the C4, VIA may switch the production of CPUs to 0.1 µ or 0.09 µ.
In the case of the Mobile C3 processors, there is so far only the indication that the new version with the C5X core will come onto the market from the third quarter. However, the Mobile C3 have long haul technology, the power saving technologyfrom VIA, comparable to AMD's Power! Now and Intel's Speedstep. The Mobile C3 is µFC-PGA socket compatible and only needs to be passively cooled despite the high clock rate. In its presentation, VIA compares the Mobile C3 866 with an Intel Celeron with the same speed. The C3 achieved 17.5 points in the Business Winstone 2001, the Intel Celeron only 15.8 points. The C3 also performs better in the mathematical 'Winstone per watt', it achieves 1.82 points compared to 0.64 points for the Celeron. The now presented Mobile C3 requires a voltage of 1.35 volts and has a typical energy consumption of only 6 watts.