IBM to manufacture chips for Via

By Julio Franco
Jan 7, 2004
  1. Taiwan's Via Technologies has selected IBM Microelectronics to manufacture its next processor, another step in Big Blue's plan to become the helping hand to chipmakers in need.

    IBM will manufacture the "Esther" microprocessor for Via. The chip is due to be released in the second half of the year. The chip will be made with the 90-nanometer manufacturing process. Via also said it is looking at silicon on insulator, a design promoted by IBM that cuts power consumption and increases performance.

    Read more: CNet News.
  2. vassil3427

    vassil3427 TS Rookie Posts: 640

    IBM has been making some big deals lately....lots of companies have been buying stuff from them.
  3. Federelli

    Federelli TS Rookie Posts: 361

    Esther? what are the specs for this microprocessor?
  4. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 5,837   +6,3973,1338390,00.asp

  5. Federelli

    Federelli TS Rookie Posts: 361

    thanx Nodsu, do you think it'll be available to compit with Amd and Intel, even at 2ghz??
  6. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 5,837   +6

    Yes and no. VIA and Transmeta make chips concentrating on low power consumption so their chips measure up in the portable market. But no way those things can compete with AMD or Intel speed wise.
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