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VIA announces dual-core Nano X2 processor

Taiwanese maker of tiddly chips, VIA Technologies, has announced its latest Nano X2 processor, which it says is aimed at mainstream PC markets.

Based on a 40-nanometre fabrication process, VIA says the Nano X2 offers increased performance and improved multi-tasking in the same power envelope as the single-cored Nano.

The chips are based on VIA's 64-bit, superscalar 'Isaiah' architecture. The chip features two out-of-order x86 cores and also with SSE4, native 64-bit support, VT CPU virtualisation technology, and VIA PadLock hardware security features.

"The VIA Nano X2 processor arrives at a time when software architectures are now optimized to for multi-thread computing," commented Richard Brown,VIA's VP of international marketing "Improvements in semi-conductor fabrication means (sic) we can now double the number of processor cores while maintaining the same low energy consumption levels that our customers are used to."

The Nano X2 processors are also pin-to-pin compatible with previous VIA Nano, VIA C7, VIA C7-M and VIA Eden processors.

VIA says the Nano X2 processors, which are sampling now, are aimed at desktop, all-in-one and mobile notebook designs. Systems featuring the processors expected to arrive in Q1 2011.