Taiwan's Via Technologies Inc. Tuesday rolled out its fastest x86-based microprocessor for embedded and "multifunctional fanless devices."
The Eden ESP7000 processor is a 733MHz device based on the Via'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 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 6W of maximum thermal design power and nearly 1W of typical power when running at full clock speed.
The processor features the company's StepAhead Advanced Branch Prediction technology, 16 pipeline stages, SSE multimedia instructions, a floating point unit, and 64 Kbits of L2 cache.
Via said the ESP7000 processor is shipping now in volume.