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VIA to sample successor to C3 next quarter

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VIA will sample the next generation of its x86-compatible C3 processor, codenamed Nehemiah and expected to ship as the C4, next quarter.

The chip, which the Taiwanese chipset maker announced earlier this year, is designed to run at up to 1.3GHz. Fabbed at 0.13 micron, the part contains 128KB of L1 cache and 256KB of L2. Nehemiah operates over a 133MHz frontside bus.

The C4's is based on a new core based around a 17-stage instruction pipeline, an increase on the C3's 12-stage pipeline, done to achieve the higher clock speed.

Meanwhile, VIA hasn't had much success getting C3 into system in the West but, according to a DigiTimes report, it hasn't done at all badly targeting low-end PC makers with an eye on the Chinese market. Bundling the chip with a Socket 370 mobo from one VIA's board partners seems to have done the trick, getting C3 into both desktops and notebooks destined for China. ®

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