VIA makes tons of processors that you probably never really think about.
Embedded stuff, stuff that ends up in factories, point-of-sale machines
and small, integrated computers. Not often do VIA chips make their way
out into the land of the average tech consumer, but a few of them have
managed to power low-drain handheld devices, nettops, netbooks, etc. But
is looking to make a serious push into the desktop realm...or
at least the small desktop realm.
At the Computex trade show in Taiwan, the company demonstrated a new
meant for low-drain desktops, the Nano DC. It was running
at 1.6GHz and supported DDR3 memory, and while it was built around a
65nm process technology, the company says it will be built on a "next
generation" platform when the final version is ready to ship in around
The dual-core Nano has been around in VIA's labs for awhile now, and it
has been seemingly delayed as the Atom
has gained strength in the
netbook market. But the Atom really needs competition; AMD has a few
low-drain chips in a few netbooks, but a third player would truly shake
things up. The demo showed the CPU playing back a 720p movie with ease,
but it still isn't quite ready for notebook use. Getting it out into
nettops would be a great first step, and thermals can always be tweaked
once a finalized product is made available.