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VIA's Nano Platform Aims At Ending Intel's Domination

Via has released more details of its low-power processor platform called Nano on which it is pinning its hopes of catching up with Intel as the latter floods the market with low cost laptops.

Nano, previously known as Isaiah, is said to be four times more powerful than the current Via C7 microprocessors and there are already plans to get a dual core version out fairly soon.

HP's mini-note was the first (and only) major win for Via as it failed to compete with Intel's marketing and financial punch.

Earlier tests though have shown that Nano CPUs will probably be able to hold their own and will be able to play Crysis and Blu-ray content as well, although it packs only 94 million transistors, only a fraction of its competitors.

Fujitsu, IBM and TSMC will be producing the CPUs for VIA and it will be interesting to see what the reaction of AMD and Intel will be.

In related news, Nvidia has announced that it will be developing a raft of hardware solutions based around Via's Nano and aimed at entry level, low power computers and laptops.

Via already has a graphics division, which it owned since acquiring S3 Graphics, but it has been largely pushed out of the market by Nvidia and ATI.

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