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VIA goes faster with C3

All the way to 933MHz

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VIA has launched a 933MHz version of the VIA C3, the fastest version yet of its low-cost, low-power CPU.

The 933MHz is the third speed grade of VIA's so-called Ezra core. It's produced on a 0.13micron assembly line and has the smallest die size of any PC CPU, VIA claims.

The C3 is aimed at the value-end of the market - it's positioned on price and performance well below Pentium 4 and Athlon lines, and somewhat below the Duron and Celerons.

The Taiwanese chipmaker has yet to make serious inroads in the West, but it claims a growing fan club among "small footprint, highly integrated PC OEMs and enthusiasts".

Richard Brown, VIA's marketing director, popped up yesterday in India, where he estimated the company's market share in the country at 10 per cent.

VIA says that pricing details are available on request, but we know that in India the retail price for the 933MHz is 3,500 rupees. ®

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