Via announces successor to Cyrix III processor

Via Technologies Inc. officially launched its new low-power C3 processor Sunday, at the CeBIT trade show in Hanover. The device will be priced at US$54 per unit in quantities of 1,000, the company said in a statement Sunday.

The processor, available at speeds starting at 733MHz, consumes as little as 6 watts, Via said, adding that it gives manufacturers the flexibility to design fanless silent PCs.

Using a 0.15-micron manufacturing process, the C3 is built on what the company calls the world's smallest x86 processor die, measuring 52 square millimeters. It is plug-in compatible with the standard Socket 370 design, is supported by a wide range of motherboards, and runs Microsoft Corp.'s Windows and other popular x86 operating systems and software programs, as well as major Internet applications and plug-ins, Via said.

The new processor is the successor to the Cyrix III processor, aimed at low-cost PCs, though the company has dropped the Cyrix name.

Via Technologies, in Taipei, can be reached at +886-2-2218-5452, or via the Web at http://www.via.com.tw/.

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