According to this report from cnet, the new Isaiah chip from Via, designed by subsidiary Centaur and manufactured by Fujitsu, is being sent to OEMs for testing. The new Isaiah chip, which is pin compatible with the C7, is reportedly two to four times faster than the C7 chip. Centaur’s CEO, Glenn Henry, said Via plans to release the chip around May – June. Plans for a dual-core Isaiah chip are also in the works. Learn more about the Isaiah chip here.
This bodes good news for companies like OQO, which currently use Via’s C7 chip. I don’t know about you, but a two to four time performance boost on the Model 02, coupled with the currently shipping 32 gb and 64 gb ssd, makes the small form factor Tablet PC very attractive.