Feeds

VIA preps Pentium 4 ‘clone’

Beat them at their own game

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

If Intel won't give us a Pentium 4 bus licence, we'll make our own Pentium 4. That, in effect, is what VIA told attendees at the Microprocessor Forum yesterday.

The chip - described in an interview with EBN as a "Pentium 4 clone" - is codenamed CZA and will run at 2GHz, utilise an 18-stage pipeline to get it there, and employ a "Pentium 4 bus" and P4 design concepts. It will be fabbed at 0.10 micron, but won't ship before 2003-2004.

The CZA is based on a new P4-style architecture, so it's no straightforward successor to VIA's current C3 family of x86 processors. The next C3-series processors, internally known as the C5X (aka Nehemiah) and the C5XL, both of which will ship during the first half of next year at 1.1-1.5GHz. Both may ship as the C4.

Interestingly, the follow-up to the C5X, believed to be dubbed the C5Y and codenamed Esther, is expected to ship in the second half of next year. That part is thought to the the one that will take VIA's chip family to 2GHz. At which point, presumably, it will be succeeded by the "Pentium 4 clone". ®

Related C3 Stories

VIA C4 to hit 2GHz during 2H 2002
VIA C3 roadmap extended to 1.2GHz+

Related VIA vs Intel Stories

VIA enters mobo market
Intel countersues VIA - again
Intel takes VIA P4 Patent War to UK, HK, Germany
VIA tries to stop P4 sales
VIA sues Intel, claims ownership of Pentium 4 patents
Intel sues VIA over chipset upset

Whitepapers

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops
Balancing user privacy and privileged access, in accordance with compliance frameworks and legislation. Evaluating any potential remote control choice.
WIN a very cool portable ZX Spectrum
Win a one-off portable Spectrum built by legendary hardware hacker Ben Heck
Intelligent flash storage arrays
Tegile Intelligent Storage Arrays with IntelliFlash helps IT boost storage utilization and effciency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Beginner's guide to SSL certificates
De-mystify the technology involved and give you the information you need to make the best decision when considering your online security options.