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VIA C3® Processor

This product is available fully ROHS-compliant.

The VIA C3® processor is designed for low profile and quiet Personal Electronics and embedded devices, and offers military-grade security features from the integrated VIA PadLock Security Engine. Based on the VIA CoolStream™ architecture, the VIA C3 delivers all the necessary performance for running demanding digital media applications while maintaining ultra low levels of power consumption and effective heat dissipation - making it the ideal solution for powering a new wave of innovation in secure, quiet running, small form factor x86 devices.

Enhanced Digital Media Performance

With its advanced VIA CoolStream architecture, the VIA C3 is packed with digital media performance features, including support for sixteen pipeline stages, SSE multimedia instructions, StepAhead™ Advanced Branch Prediction, an efficiency-enhanced 64KB Full-Speed Exclusive L2 cache with 16-way associativity, and a full-speed FPU. When coupled with the VIA CN400 digital media chipset, the VIA C3 delivers exceptional performance for all the most critical productivity, Internet, and digital media applications, including MPEG4 and MPEG2 video playback, MP3 audio playback, Voice over IP and video conferencing applications, multimedia slideshows and web browsing.

Ultra Low Power, Low Heat and Low Noise

With a maximum design power of just over 20 watts at 1.4GHz, the VIA C3 runs extremely cool and delivers very low levels of energy consumption. This not only makes it the ideal solution for powering a wide variety of low profile, small form factor PCs, but also enables very low noise system design implementations that are necessary for the emerging generation of Personal Electronics devices for the living room.


World's Fastest Advanced Native x86 Processor Security Engine

To address the growing need among corporate, government, and home users to protect sensitive data on their connected devices, the C5P Nehemiah core of the VIA C3 processor incorporates advanced on-die security features that make up the VIA PadLock Security Engine1, featuring the VIA PadLock ACE (Advanced Cryptography Engine) and the VIA PadLock RNG (Random Number Generator).

Security applications that leverage the military-grade capabilities of the VIA PadLock Security Engine can be deployed quickly and easily across a broad range of devices including PCs, thin clients, set top boxes, home digital entertainment centers, point of sale terminals, and intelligent network routers in a wide variety of wired and wireless networking environments. Potential usage scenarios include Virtual Private Networks (VPNs), Corporate Peer to Peer Networks with restricted access for sensitive projects, and Home Wireless Networks.

¹ Elements of the VIA PadLock Security Engine have been evaluated by various leading information security specialists. View the evaluation reports here.


Platform for Innovation

With its industry leading low power consumption, exceptional application performance, rock solid reliability, and robust security features, the VIA C3 is unleashing a new wave of innovation in secure, stylish, quiet running small form factor systems that are expanding the reach of x86 architecture into exciting new market segments, such as Personal Electronics. When coupled with the VIA CN400, the first chipset in the world to feature integrated Hardware MPEG4 and MPEG2 acceleration, the VIA C3 is the ideal solution for powering an almost unlimited variety of digital media entertainment devices for the home, the car, hotels, and countless other locations.

For more information on innovative Personal Electronics and embedded systems based on the VIA C3, please visit the Embedded Design Win section of the VIA Embedded Platform Division website.


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