Via to ship smallest PC processor so far

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Via to ship smallest PC processor so far

Taiwanese chip supplier Via Technologies will ship its smallest PC processor and motherboard before the end of the year.

Small enough to fit on the end of a finger, the Nano-BGA (Ball Grid Array) version of Via's 1GHz C3 processor measures 15mm by 15mm and was unveiled by the company's chief executive officer, Wen-chi Chen, during a keynote speech at the Via Technology Forum, at the Computex exhibition in Taiwan.

The Nano-BGA C3 uses the same silicon dye found in Via's existing C3 chips. However, the tiny Nano-BGA package that encases the silicon core of the chip has allowed Via to make it smaller.

The Nano-BGA C3 will be paired with a motherboard form factor, the Nano-ITX, which is smaller than existing PC motherboards. Tiny motherboards like the Nano-ITX are crucial components for devices such as computer-equipped TVs and home entertainment systems.

The Nano-ITX motherboard measures 120 mm by 120 mm, substantially smaller than the Mini-ITX motherboard form factor, the smallest  PC motherboard form factor measuring 170 mm by 170 mm.

Both the Nano-BGA chip and the Nano-ITX board ship in volume by the first quarter of next year. Pricing was not disclosed.


Sumner Lemon writes for IDG News Service


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