Currently, Via's CPU can get to a maximum of about 1.4 GHz, and consumes about 20 watts. But this is something that is about to change, when Via Technologies moves the CPU up to 2GHz. The move is seen as a welcome one, since itís often been complained by some that the low-power benefits of the chip do not make up for the lack of raw power. The new CPU will consume about 25 watts of power at that clock speed. Additionally, Via will release a range of slower chips that use less power.
The company's strategy has also been overshadowed by Intel's decision to use a similar low-power strategy as it seeks to move away from a reliance on gigahertz as a metric for performance and to satisfy users' desires for the longer battery life.