Isaiah launches as ‘Nano.’ U version Good for UMPCs. Devices expected Q3

Posted on 29 May 2008 by

nano This should be music to the ears of many a pro-mobile fan. The Isaiah CPU from VIA, the CPU expected to return 2-4 times performance over the C7 CPU and said to be a pin-for-pin replacement, will launch with a ‘U’ version that will go right down to 1.0Ghz. The TDP at 5W is increased over the 3.5W of the 1.0Ghz C7 but presumably it will make up for that requiring less clock cycles than the C7. There is also a new C6 power-saver mode that will help idle power-drain.

The name of the CPU has changed to ‘Nano’ and VIA has published a press release and launched some new web pages that give some interesting facts and figures. In VIA’s comparison tests with the C7, the Nano is returning between 2x and 4x performance. Memory bandwidth is also increased 2x. This aligns well with our own ‘leaked’ test results.

The press release says that devices based on Nano will appear in Q3 (July-Sept)

[More details below]


What does it mean for devices?

In simple terms it means that devices like the Amtek T770, the Gigabyte M700 (right) and the HP2133 mininote would receive significant usability boosts even down at the 1.0Ghz mark. YouTube will finally play smoothly, browser rendering will be almost as fast as on a desktop and you can finally feel confident about running the latest productivity packages. High-end devices could easily perform as grab-and-go desktops allowing for some PC device consolidation products for the new and brave OEMs out there. The biggest advantage to OEMs though is true Vista capability. Being able to return a satisfying Vista experience frees OEMs from the restrictions of Microsofts ULCPC demands for XP devices so you might start to see some nice high-end designs with touchscreens on convertible or tablet format running Vista which is exactly what the pro-mobile user needs, especially looking forward to 2009 and 2010.  An Office-bench result in the Nano white-paper shows a 2.4x increase in results. For OEMS, it means they can extend an industrial design across a wide range of target markets which is something that can’t be done with Intels Atom and Core CPU products. I don’t see this CPU hitting MID-sized devices though. We’re waiting for Mobile-ITX to help with that dream.

We’re expecting to see some demo devices at Computex in the next week. For more details on Nano, see VIA’s new Nano webpages and their white paper [PDF]

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  • Will

    I wonder how much the Nano is going to cost?

    Based on initial benchmarks, the 1.86GHz Atom is 40-50% faster than the 1GHz Nano while using half the power. It needs to be significantly cheaper than Menlow as it’s certainly nowhere near as efficient.

  • Hanzo

    Will, could you tell me the link of 1.86Ghz Atom benchmark? Thanks!

  • Will

    There was a comparison between the 1.6GHz Atom and 1.6GHz Isaiah a few weeks ago using CrystalMark:

    The synthetic benchmark has been shown to scale reasonably linearly with CPU speed so you can extrapolate the scores for the 1.86GHz Atom and the 1.0GHz Nano.

  • Synced

    Not too impressed with VIA announcements. Intel is very good at announcing and shipping shortly after, VIA has not been.

    Once I am able to start buying these in bulk for our business & partners at that point I will give VIA some credit.

    Sorry about the negativity but Nano-ITX and Pico-ITX took nearly 2 years to ship after announcements, of which after they were released, competitors were first to market etc.

    Hopefully VIA learns their opportunity is “now” and gets on their horse earlier than previous products.

    Looking forward to it though when I am able to get my hands on them. Sounds very promising.

  • Hanzo

    Thanks Will!

    According the benchmarks, we could get

    1G Nano : 4762 2976

    1.86 Atom: 6566 5061

    Ratio : 72% 59%

  • scoobie

    Please can we have another chip state of the nation after computex from chippy , because I’m completely lost in the Nano vs Atom battle

    By the way, what a clever and cheeky name choice – Nano is

  • Piter

    I share Scoobie’s expectation on some info from computex and also waiting for pricing.

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