VIA Launches Dual-Core Pico-ITX Motherboard

VIA Launches Dual-Core Pico-ITX Motherboard

If you want multi-processing capabilities but can’t stand using a bloated, heavy mini-ITX motherboard, VIA has you covered with its new pico-ITX board with dual-core processing.

The VIA EPIA-P900 Pico-ITX features a 1.0GHz VIA EdenTM X2 CPU and the VIA VX900H Media System Processor with support for up to 4GB DDR3 RAM and HD audio.

The rear I/O panel sports two USB 2.0 ports, an HDMI port, a VGA port, and a Gigabit LAN port. and with onboard heads the board also gives you five additional USB ports, LPC, SMBus, PS/2, audio jacks, LVDS, DIO, and UART ports.

The board is designed for powering ultra compact devices in fields as varied as healthcare and fleet management.


VIA Launches First Ever Dual Core Pico-ITX Mainboard
The VIA EPIA-P900 packs in dual-processing capabilities into the industry's smallest commercialized motherboard form factor

TAIPEI, TAIWAN, November 9, 2011 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today announced the industry's first Pico-ITX board with dual core processing. Measuring just 10cm x 7.2cm, the VIA EPIA-P900 Pico-ITX is the industry's smallest commercialized form factor to feature multi-processing capabilities.

Featuring a 1.0GHz VIA EdenTM X2 CPU along with the VIA VX900H Media System Processor, the VIA EPIA-P900 offers advanced multitasking and multimedia capabilities, including improved HD video rendering. With its incredibly small footprint, the VIA EPIA-P900 provides the ideal platform for a wide array of next generation ultra compact devices for applications ranging from health-care, logistics, fleet management, and other vertical market segments to digital signage displays and kiosks.

"The VIA Pico-ITX allows embedded system design to pack unprecedented levels of performance into even smaller form factors," said Epan Wu Head of the VIA Embedded Platform Division, VIA Technologies, Inc. "The new VIA EPIA-P900 opens up exciting new possibilities for innovation in ultra compact embedded designs."

VIA EPIA-P900 Pico-ITX Mainboard
Based on the ultra compact Pico-ITX form factor measuring only 10cm x 7.2cm, the VIA EPIA-P900 combines a 1.0GHz EdenTM X2 CPU and the latest VIA VX900H MSP for superior computing performance for ultra compact systems. The VIA EPIA-P900 supports up to 4GB of DDR3 memory, HD audio, HDMI, VGA and LVDS display connectivity as well as a high performance hardware HD video decoder in the shape of the latest VIA ChromotionHD 2.0 video engine.

The VIA ChromotionHD 2.0 engine provides advanced filtering and cutting edge post-processing to perform ultra smooth decoding of H.264, MPEG-2, VC-1, WMV9, and HDCP for Blu-ray content protection providing smooth playback of the most demanding multimedia titles at resolutions up to 1080p without incurring a heavy CPU load. The VIA EPIA-P900 features the VIA Vinyl VT2021, a 10 channel HD audio codec, delivering outstanding sound quality and support for Blu-ray and HD DVD Audio Content Protection.

On board pin headers provide support for an additional of 5 USB 2.0 ports, an LPC connector, SMBus connector, PS/2 support, audio jacks, LVDS, 4 pairs of DIO and two UART ports. Rear I/O includes one HDMI port, one VGA port, 2 USB 2.0 ports and 1 GigaLAN port.
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These would be great for running trade show booth signs and such.

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It seems really powerful and versatile for its size and I really like the modular ports so you can plug only the ports you need and where you need them.

I've checked the documentations forthe board, chipset and processor but nowhere does VIA mentions the power consumption which I find really annoying as it's a necessary piece of information when building a system.

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