VIA Return to the CPU game with their Isaiah II Architecture
VIA return to do Battle, Intel and AMD watch out!
Published: 7th July 2014 | Source: techpowerup |
Most people consider the world of desktop CPUs, or rather x86 CPUs, as a two horse race between AMD and Intel. Currently the high end CPU market is dominated by Intel, with the Mid-Low end being a very different Story. Now the low end is about to get much more interesting, as a 3rd player comes back into the mix.
VIA is not new to the CPU game, in fact they have been around since 1987. Like many companies that made CPUs in the past, VIA faced dramatic decline and only have a current CPU market share of less than even a measly 0.5%. That being said VIA is back again trying to challenge AMD and Intel once again with their new Isaiah II architecture, while VIA do not have the funds to create anything overly powerful the Isaiah II will compete and possibly beat AMD’s Kabini and even Intel’s Bay Trail CPUs.
The new chip is a quad-core unit with a max core frequency of 2.0GHz, 2 MB of L2 cache and runs with AVX2 extensions, all on the 28nm process. In tests run by VIA on its own VX11H chipset, at its InfoComm 2014 booth, where the Isaiah II outdid Intel's Atom Z3770 and AMD's Athlon 5350 in some cases. I guess all we need to know now is price and TDP.
VIA is expected to release their new chip around Late August 2014, which should make the low end of the market that little bit more interesting.
VIA’s new chip is targeted for the efficient compact PC, kiosk, and digital signage, and other low end applications, so don’t expect anything to rival AMD and Intel’s higher end offerings but it is great to see a new contender raise their head.
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