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Mini-ITX mainboards suit x86-based CE designs

Posted: 04 Jan 2007     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:mainboard  mini-ITX  ATX  VIA  CX700M2 

PC platform and IC supplier VIA Technologies Inc. announces its VIA EPIA EX-Series of mini-ITX so-called mainboards. These are also the first of the company's compact platforms to feature VIA's CX700M2 system media processor.

The mini-ITX form-factor, an industry standard, is a subset of the widely used ATX/micro-ATX/flex-ATX industry standards.

Powered by either a 1.5GHz VIA C7 processor, or a fanless 1GHz C7, the EPIA EX exhibits an average operating power less than 14W.

Slated for designers needing x86-based CE platforms, the EPIA EX mainboard features consumer I/O, including ports for composite, component video and S-Video, as well as S/PDIF audio.

There are also connectors for LVDS and DVI displays, as well as USB 2.0 and IEEE-1394 FireWire peripherals.

SATA II RAID and 10/100Mbps Fast Ethernet, with a GbE option, are also available.

High-end A/V support
For its part, the CX700M2 system media processor works with an all-in-one digital media IGP chipset integrating VIA's UniChromeT Pro II 2D/3D graphics core. There's also an array of high-end video and audio support, including hardware decoding acceleration of MPEG-2, MPEG-4 and WMV9 video.

You also get an HDTV encoder with up to 1080i 720p output. Lastly, there's VIA's Vinyl Multi-channel HD audio.

Combining such a range of features reduces the need for add-in cards and compatibility testing. VIA contends that will reduce time-to-market and significantly lowering the total cost of development.

- Alex Mendelsohn

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