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VIA EPIA-M900 Mini-ITX Motherboard with Nano X2 E-Series CPU

VIA Technologies has announced the “world’s first” mini-ATX motherboard to feature a VIA Nano X2 E-Series dual core processor, the VIA EPIA-M900.

Designed for low-power embedded applications, the mini-ITX motherboard includes a 1.6GHz Nano X2 E-Series processor coupled with the company’s VX900 unified all-in-one media subsystem processor, giving it the oomph it needs to output high-definition video and impressive graphics despite taking up just 17cm x 17cm.

Both the processor and the VX900 chipset are cooled by a large aluminum heatsink, which is paired with a small diameter fan.

Right bellow the heatsink, users will find two SODIMM memory slots, that can be populated with up to 8GB of system memory, while to the right of the cooling assembly VIA placed a PCI Express x16 and a legacy PCI slot.

Two SATA ports are also located there, next to a series of pin-headers providing one dual channel 24-bit LVDS link, SPDIF out, four USB 2.0 ports, and a range of other features.

Four additional USB 2.0 ports are available on the rear I/O panel and these are accompanied by a COM port, a Gigabit LAN connector, D-Sub and HDMI video outputs as well as by three 3.5mm jacks for 5.1-channel audio.

The motherboard’s multimedia subsystem offers VIA’s ChromotionHD 2.0 video engine, which includes hardware acceleration for VC1, H.264, MPEG-2, and WMV9 video codecs at resolutions of up to 1080p without, the company claims, loading the system CPU.

“The VIA EPIA-M900 brings high performance VIA dual core computing power to embedded devices for the first time,” said Epan Wu, head of the VIA Embedded Platform Division, VIA Technologies, Inc.

“It will enable the creation of a wealth of innovative next generation digital signage, POS, Kiosk, ATM, home automation, healthcare and media client system design applications,” concluded the company’s rep.

VIA hasn’t released any information regarding the price, or the availability, of the EPIA-M900 mini-ITX motherboard.

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VIA EPIA-M900 Specifications:

  • Processor: Via Nano X2 E-Series clocked at 1.6GHz
  • Chipset: Via VX900
  • Memory: up to 8GB of DDR3 RAM
  • Storage: 2 x SATA connectors
  • Expansion:
    • 1 x PCI Express x16 slot
    • 1 x 32-bit PCI slot
  • Networking: 1 x gigabit Ethernet; optional 802.11b/g/n module connects to internal USB port
  • Other I/O:
    • VGA
    • HDMI
    • LVDS (internal)
    • 8 x USB 2.0 host ports (4 external, 4 internal)
    • 1 x USB client (internal)
    • 4 x serial ports (1 external, 3 internal)
    • Aaudio: jacks for mic in, line in, line out, plus header for front-panel mic in and line out
    • 1 x S/PDIF (header)
    • 2 x digital I/O (8 in, 8 out)
    • 1 x PS/2 (header)
  • Power: ATX connector; consumption n/s
  • Operating range: 32 to 140 deg. F
  • Dimensions: Mini-ITX (6.7 x 6.7 inches)

VIA EPIA-M900 Features:

  1. High-performance 64-bit VIA Nano X2 E-Series dual core processor
  2. Hardware acceleration for VC1, H.264 and WMV9 HD video
  3. On board HDMI and VGA ports, plus dual channel 24-bit LVDS
  4. Support for up to 8GB of DDR3
  5. Support for HD DVD and  Blu-ray audio content protection

Source: techiser.com

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