TAIPEI, Taiwan Taiwan's Via Technologies Inc. on Tuesday(Aug. 19) rolled out its fastest x86-based microprocessor for embedded and "multifunctional fanless devices."
Via's Eden ESP7000 processor is a 733 MHz device based on the company's CoolStream architecture. It features the so-called PadLock Data Encryption Engine for secure applications in the entertainment, communications, commercial and industrial fields.
The processor is geared for set-top boxes, thin clients, point-of-sale terminals and industrial PCs. "The new Via Eden ESP7000 processor has raised the performance bar for this segment and enables quick time to market for a range of system designs for a variety of advanced applications," said Richard Brown, Via's associate vice president of marketing.
Housed in Via's low-profile EBGA package, the ESP7000 consumes 6 watts of maximum thermal design power and nearly 1 watt of typical power when running at a clock speed of 733 MH z.
The processor features the company's StepAhead Advanced Branch Prediction technology, 16 pipeline stages, SSE multimedia instructions, a floating point unit and 64 Kb of L2 cache.
Via said the ESP7000 processor is shipping now in volume.