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VIA C3 roadmap extended to 1.2GHz+

Confirms existence of C5X processor

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VIA has updated its processor roadmap to confirm the arrival of the successor to Ezra, itself the follow-up to the current C3 - aka Samuel II.

The new chip will take the C3 beyond 1GHz by debuting at 1.2GHz. The early details of Ezra suggested that it would be the chip to take the C3 line to speeds of over 1GHz.

Ezra is due to ship next quarter at 850MHz, rising quickly to 950MHz and 1GHz. Ezra will contain 128KB of L1 cache and 64KB of on-die L2 cache. It will be fabbed at 0.13 micron.

Its successor will not only offer higher clock speeds, but will ship with 256KB of on-die L2 and support for Intel's SSE instructions. It's scheduled to ship at the end of the year or early 2002.

Details of the new part - also known as the C5X - emerged earlier this year. VIA's updated roadmap confirms most of the initial information, but as yet we've seen no mention of the chip's support for AMD's 3D Now! instruction set, which was rumoured to be part of the processor's make-up. ®

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