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First Look: VIA's C7 Platform

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VIA is beginning to ramp up production on the successors to their C3 part, the C7 and C7-M CPU's. Keith Kowal, marketing manager for VIA's chipset platform group, took some time on his promotional tour to talk with us about the new platform.

C7 and it's laptop version, the C7-M, are both low power CPU's that build on the C3 design. Updated features include lower power requirements with higher performance, more supported on-cpu encryption types, and support for multiple core CPU dies in parallel. Performance reportedly scales from 1.5Ghz up to (an estimated) 2.1Ghz/2.2Ghz. Die cache has been doubled to 128K L1/128K L2 from the C3's 64K. Bus speed's run at 400Mhz and scales up to 800Mhz.

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