Bij AnandTech Webnews is de press release te vinden van de VIA / Cyrix III processor, die voorheen "Joshua" als codenaam droeg. De .18 micron Cyrix III processor moet met 256kB L2 cache, 133MHz FSB ondersteuning en Advanced 3DNow! Instructies het low-end Socket-370 segment weer nieuw leven inblazen. De eerste twee modellen, de PR500 en PR533 komen binnenkort op de markt voor respectievelijk $84 en $99 dollar (per duizend).
VIA Technologies, Inc. Introduces the VIA Cyrix* III Processor for the Value PC Market Breaks Existing Value PC Performance Limitations with 133MHz FSB Support, 256K L2 Cache and Advanced 3DNow! Instructions Fremont, California, January 22, 2000 - VIA Technologies, Inc today announced the launch of the VIA Cyrix* III processor, the world's first Socket 370 processor to deliver premium features and performance for the Value PC segment. Launching at speeds of up to PR533, the VIA Cyrix* III processor is the only solution to deliver enhanced performance features for the Value PC segment, including 133MHz Front Side Bus, 256K L2 Cache and 3DNow!TM technology. Fully compatible with a complete range of Socket 370 motherboards, the VIA Cyrix* III processor provides a compelling price/performance solution for OEMs, System Integrators, and Value PC users. "With the launch of the VIA Cyrix*III processor, VIA is showing the industry we are committed to providing a choice of processors for Value PCs," stated Wen Chi Chen, President and CEO of VIA Technologies, Inc. "By leveraging our existing IC design experience and close industry relationships, we are enabling our customers to build powerful and feature-rich PC systems that are affordable for everyone." High Performance Features
The VIA Cyrix* III processor is the first socket 370 product to unite 133MHz Front Side Bus and 3DNow! technology. Developed using a .18u process, it also has a 256k L2 cache and a redesigned Cayenne core to boost overall performance. "With its combination of premium features and the latest sub micron technology, the VIA Cyrix* III processor is the perfect basis for a system that offers high-performance business and personal computing, a rich graphical experience, and cost-efficient access to the Internet," said Steve McMahan, Director of Engineering for VIA Cyrix Processors. The VIA Cyrix* III processor's advanced 3DNow! instruction set insures a photo realistic 3D experience that turns Value PCs into cost-efficient, yet high performance gaming systems. Through its support for 66, 100 and 133MHz Front Side Bus speeds, the VIA Cyrix*III processor breaks the Value PC out of the limitations of a low FSB system, boosting bandwidth to a level complementary to the most advanced PC133 memory and AGP4X graphics standards. With a 64k L1 and 256K L2 cache, the VIA Cyrix*III processor more than doubles the existing level of cache available in Value PC systems, resulting in faster system throughput and better overall system performance. Pricing and Availability The VIA Cyrix* III processor is subcontracted to National Semiconductor and is in production using a .18 micron, 6-layer process. The VIA Cyrix*III processor is priced at $84 for PR500 and $99 for PR533 in 1K quantities. Contact your local VIA Technologies sales office for availability. About VIA Technologies, Inc
Founded in 1987, VIA Technologies, Inc., designs, engineers, and manufactures cost-effective, highly integrated, high functionality x86 processors, system logic chipsets and associated peripherals for manufacturers of desktop and portable PC systems.