That's evidence that specialized designs win against commond architectures. It will be intresting something like this to be implemented for other tusks like video audio decoding, flash ect: in low power CPU category to futher increase their performance, just enought to be comfortable for every day tasks.
love how they waited till Nehalem was close to being released until they told the press about the Cryptography in the Nano. It's quite a shock to see an energy efficient processor outperforming a quad core power house, even if it is in only one area. I'm pretty sure if this gets enough attention Intel will implement something similar in the next iteration of the core 7(any different than the features they implemented from AMD designs?)
That's not news. ViA had it for a long time already.
What's news is that a Single Core 1.8 Ghz ViA NANO
coupled with a GeForce 8600 can handle Crysis with
Physics enabled. If nVidia goes with ViA we might
have very affordable PC's which are able to handle
almost anything at a VERY reasonable price. This
will create good competition. Intel with Larabee,
AMD with R800(?) and ViA with GeForce 200 Series.
I had no idea of this feature. Very interesting.
And just in time for me to catch up on my back issue of SciAm. September's magazine (which I just got in the mail the other day for some reason) was dedicated to security with an article describing cryptography techniques.