VIA have been fairly quiet in recent times, bringing nothing new to the scene. However, today they've announced a new low-power CPU architecture for UMPCs which is codenamed Isaiah.
According to Glenn Henry, President of Centaur Technology - a wholly owned subsidiary of VIA, the upcoming CN processor is two to four times the speed of the current VIA C7 processors at the same clock speed whilst remaining in the same thermal envelope.
Built on a 65nm process, with fab support from Fujitsu, IBM and TSMC, the Isaiah-based 'CN' processor has a die size of 60mm˛ and a transistor count of just 94 million. The architecture behind the chip was built from the ground up and is a superscalar and speculative out-of-order design - we'll be covering the architectural details in a later article once a few of our questions have been answered.