VIA's Eden-Powered IVP-7500 Motors Into Vehicles - HotHardware
VIA's Eden-Powered IVP-7500 Motors Into Vehicles

VIA's Eden-Powered IVP-7500 Motors Into Vehicles

You have to wonder -- how many more new chip releases does VIA have queued up for this month? After announcing its VX855 Media System Processor and its Surfboard C855 reference design, the company famous for its low-power, low-cost processors is delivering another new one. Unlike those other examples, though, this one's aimed straight at your automobile.

The IVP-7500 board is the first in a forthcoming line of dedicated x86 in-vehicle platforms for developers of car PCs and intelligent transportation devices, and while carputers aren't anything new, VIA is hoping to expand the niche by adding new features that even general drivers can appreciate. For instance, this board could be used to bring advanced GPS to auxiliary displays, control in-car cameras for video assisted parking and highway surveillance recording, record vital engine statistics and even bring Minesweeper to the driver's seat.

The flexible VIA IVP-7500 measures 114mm x 185.5mm and can be employed in a variety of dashboard implementations, including one or two DIN designs as well as discrete, in-seat and headrest designs. As for specifications, it includes a fanless 1.0GHz VIA Eden CPU and supports up to 1GB of DDR2 RAM. There's also support for an LCD output, TV / VGA outputs and camera ports for monitoring applications. Storage wise, you're looking at a 1.8" IDE hard drive, SD card reader and compatibility with HD audio to boot. Finally, VIA has rolled in a GPS module, FM transmitter, Bluetooth module, two USB 2.0 ports and an IR adapter. VIA's currently offering samples to customers, though there's no mention of price or when we'll see shipping products based on this design.
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This looks life a pretty nifty creation from VIA. Too bad we can't have full sized computers in cars :( But this is a start...

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See this is what Vias chips are made for.

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Haha, a full-sized PC in your car tanka? What are you, shooting up bad guys in a full-on CoD4 battle whilst driving down the interstate? Wink

I have toyed with the idea of finding some sort of a tiny (potentially touchscreen) display at 3-5" and throwing in a VIA-based system or perhaps an Ion? Something I can just tuck under my middle console near my (car's) firewall. It'd be not too practical mind you, but I like to come up with fun little projects to keep me busy

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>> What are you, shooting up bad guys in a full-on CoD4 battle whilst driving down the interstate?

Don't be silly! He just wants to play GTA4 in the car he just stole.

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3vi1:
Don't be silly! He just wants to play GTA4 in the car he just stole.

Haha, and he has LED stars on his winshield that let him know if the COPS are on to him and how bad they want to catch him

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