VIA says the first generation of Isaiah processors will be pin-compatible with the VIA C7 processor family and capable of processing both x86 and 64-bit software. The chips are billed as high-performing, power-efficient processors that are ideal for ultraportable and handheld computers.
But VIA won’t be left alone without any competition. Intel’s Silverthorne UMPC processor is due for release in the “first half of 2008,” though Centaur Technology’s president Glenn Henry seems confident their chips will outperform Silverthorne. While this may be a bold claim given the limited Silverthorne information that’s been made available so far, HardOCP was at the launch event and was impressed with the processor’s ability to run Crysis at a 1.8GHz clock speed.