Dual-core processors enhance embedded designs

Designers are integrating multicore processors into their embedded devices for improved performance, reduced component count, and lower power requirements. Supporting this trend, VIA Technologies announced a new family of dual-core processors at this year’s Embedded Systems Conference Silicon Valley. Targeting x86 embedded system design applications, VIA Nano X2 E-Series processors combine two 64-bit superscalar VIA Nano cores onto one 40 nm die.

Available in two models running at speeds of 1.2+ GHz and 1.6+ GHz, the VIA Nano X2 E-Series processors come with a seven-year component longevity guarantee. These processors bring additional features: VIA VT virtualization to combine applications in virtual scenarios without affecting performance, and the VIA AES Security Engine to deliver hardware-based data encryption for content protection and system security. VIA Nano X2 E-Series processors are compatible with Windows Embedded Standard 7, Windows CE, and Linux.