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VIA unveils 750MHz C3 processor

But is the price right?

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VIA yesterday released its latest C3 processor.

The new part runs at 750MHz, and offers the standard C3 features: 0.15 micron fabrication, 128KB L1 cache, 64KB on-die L2 cache, support for 100MHz and 133MHz frontside bus speeds, and compatibility with Intel's MMX instructions and AMD's 3DNow! technology.

The 750MHz C3 costs $49 in batches of 1000, 30 per cent less that Intel's $70 700MHz Celeron and a mere two per cent below AMD's $50 700MHz Duron. That, say Taiwanese analysts cited by EBN, isn't enough. They reckon VIA needs to come in much lower if it wants to win six per cent of the world CPU market, its stated goal. ®

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