VIA launches mobile "Antaur" CPU
July 10, 2003
VIA have launched a mobile version of their Nehemiah-core C3 processor (as used in the Nehemiah M10000 Mini-ITX motherboard). The Antaur features the same 16-stage pipeline, SSE multimedia instructions, advanced branch prediction, 64KB L2 cache, data encryption engine and full-speed FPU as the Nehemiah, both in a low profile EBGA package. The main difference is in the power consumption: The C3 typically consumes 11W (15W max), whereas the Antaur consumes 8W (11W max). This cunning feat is achieved by VIA's "PowerSaver 2.0" architecture which reduces the voltage and CPU multiplier (when the CPU isn't under strain) to bring down the power consumption. The C3 and Eden support PowerSaver 1.0, which only controls the multiplier. The Antaur is clearly a broadside against the Centrino market and should mean cheaper low power/long battery life slimline laptops reach the market this year. VIA share a lot of technology between products, so we wouldn't be surprised to see a low power EPIA using the same power saving technology on the market in the future.
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