VIA Eden X2 Packs A Might Embedded Punch

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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