Next EPIA will be 1GHz "Nehemiah"
January 22, 2003
The next generation of VIA's C3 processor will power the first EPIA to reach 1GHz, the EPIA M10000. This features the all-new "Nehemiah" core, which has a number of advantages over the current Ezra-T core powering the 933Mhz EPIA M9000. The Nehemiah keeps the low power and heat characteristics of current C3s (about 11.25W at 1Ghz). When coupled with the Apollo CLE266 chipset (as featured in the EPIA Ms), the "Coolstream" architecture manages quoted performance increases of 20% in office applications and 73% in 3D graphics applications. VIA have some interesting figures on there comparing the Nehemiah and CLE266 with existing C3s, Celerons and even Pentium 4s. Perhaps they should have also compared the volume of an average P4 fan against a C3 fan? Digit-life have done some testing too, so here's links to both:
VIA's comparisons with Ezra-T C3s, Celerons and Pentium 4s
"Nehemiah - VIA C3 Core and Its Prospects" at digit-life.com
VIA have also added a "PadLock" Data Encryption Engine to the die, which adds a random number generator to the x86 instruction set to allow extremely secure hardware-based data encryption. The Nehemiah core will support clock speeds of 1GHz and beyond, and for the more technically minded has four new pipeline stages, SSE multimedia instructions, "StepAhead" Advanced Branch Prediction, an efficiency enhanced 64KB Full-Speed Exclusive L2 cache with 16-way associativity, and a full-speed FPU. What we're trying to say is - because of this new chip, the M10000 will run a lot faster than the 67Mhz slower M9000. Unfortunately, the chip is available now, but the M10000 motherboard is still in pre-production.
Lots of C3 Processor information at VIA's site
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