VIA Eden X2 Packs A Might Embedded Punch

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Embedded computing hardly gets the credit it deserves. Many, many of the devices that make all of our worlds tick runs on an embedded system, and VIA Technologies is at the forefront of it all. The company has just used Embedded World 2011 to launch what they are calling the "world's most power-efficient dual core processor." That processor is the VIA Eden X2, which is optimized for fanless implementation in a broad range of industrial and commercial embedded systems. Much like netbook CPUs, we had to wait years for them to become powerful enough really take seriously. It's quite possible that embedded CPUs are finally reaching the point where the average consumer may be able to use one of them instead of a more power-hungry "traditional" CPU.

VIA Eden X2 processors combine VIA's signature 'Eden' fanless design principles, in a highly optimized, power-efficient dual-core architecture. With a component longevity guarantee of 7 years, this new chip utilizes a 40nm manufacturing process and combines two two 64-bit, superscalar VIA Eden cores on one die, offering enhanced multi-tasking and superb multimedia performance on a rigidly low power budget. VIA Eden X2 processors bring additional features that include VIA VT virtualization, a technology that allows legacy software and applications to be used in virtual scenarios without impacting on performance.

The company plans to start shipping these en masse during Q2 2011, though they're sampling now to project customers.

Product Highlights

·          Industry-leading power-efficient architecture

·          7 year longevity guarantee

·          Advanced multi-core processing

·          Native support for 64-bit operating systems

·          High-performance superscalar processing

·          Out-of-order x86 architecture

·          Most efficient speculative floating point algorithm

·          Full processor virtualization support

·          Advanced power and thermal management

·          VIA AES hardware security features

·          Pin-to-pin compatibility with VIA processors range

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coolice replied on Thu, Mar 3 2011 10:18 AM

Those are quite the mightly claims... But HEY! more CPU's in the market, the more other companies innovate to stay ahead of the curve. Also 7 years life? i dont know what to say to that. i thought cpu's had a really low rate of deterioration? at least much much lower than 7 years? as in, it should last Longer than 7 years

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To have a 7 year guarantee, it has to last much longer than 7 years. MTTF is most likely 10~14 years.

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DScheive replied on Fri, Mar 25 2011 6:22 AM

yeah so im geussing that the 7 year warranty is just saying that they know for sure it'll last 7 years but it could last longer :) cause they're not going to insure something that is probably going to break in the warranty time.

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Aggiton replied on Sat, Apr 23 2011 10:21 AM

I support VIA (they make some very good chipsets - SB, USB 2 and 3, some audio chipsets and other embedded chipsets.) but I am afraid they are a good many steps behind their competitors - AMD, for example.

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