VIA Nano Processor: World's Safest, Most Power Efficient Cryptography for Mini-notes and x86-based ComputersNew SiSoftware Sandra 2009 benchmarking software includes measurable cryptographic tests showing the VIA Nano processor using only 5% of the power and almost double the speed of competing CPUs
Taipei, Taiwan, October 14, 2008 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today showed that the cryptographic performance of the VIA Nano processor is the most power efficient on the market, due to its dedicated VIA PadLock Security Engine, a suite of security tools integrated directly into the processor die. The hardware security implementation within the VIA Nano processor means that user data is handled more efficiently and safely by circuitry deep inside the silicon, rather than by using more vulnerable operating system, memory and software resources. The benchmarking of the 1.3GHz VIA Nano processor using SiSoftware's newest release of the SiSoftware Sandra 2009 diagnostic utility showed the VIA Nano processor performing the cryptographic tests at a blazing 765MB/s of bandwidth, over 93% faster than a 3.2GHz Intel Core 2 Quad QX9770 processor, yet using a mere 5% of the power. "Fast, power efficient and safe data encryption are quickly becoming a top concern of mobile PC users," said Richard Brown, Vice President of Marketing, VIA Technologies, Inc. "Data protection and identity theft for lost and stolen devices are issues that are compounded by the growth of the mobile computing market, key areas where the VIA Nano processor can significantly help protect users data." "Cryptography has become an important part of our digital life: it allows us to conduct safe transactions online, certify programs and services, keep our data secure and much more." said C. Adrian Silasi, CTO, SiSoftware. "The speed at which cryptographic operations (encryption, decryption, hashing, signing) can be performed is thus very much important." The VIA PadLock Security Engine integrated wholly into the VIA Nano processor enabling secure computing by adding extra functions (opcodes) to the processor that gives programmers a whole suite of tools which, when implemented, can make data unreadable to unauthorized users (data encryption), and help prevent attacks from hackers and worms. More information about VIA Padlock Security Engine and open source data encryption applications for Windows and Linux based devices can be found here.A short video showing the performance testing results for a VIA Nano 1.3GHz based VIA OpenBook can be viewed below:
So.... Intel nor AMD have thought of this before and ending up getting their butts handed to them in a CPU benchmark... by Via..... now what? do we find out that this proc can run crysis well too...oh, wait
Never count Via out. I have been I fan of there ITX board for a while. They are very cool and powerful enough to run Linux or XP no problem. I can't wait to get my hands on a Nano.
This is a good move by Via: Gives them some possible cross-licensing leverage for opcode subsets.
That said, I've not used their chipsets in a million years because they never were great gaming performers.