VIA Intros First Pico-ITX Box With AMOS-3000

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News Posted: Wed, Feb 25 2009 9:02 AM

If you thought Shuttle's idea of "small form factor" was small, wait
until you wrap your mind around this. Today, VIA has introduced the
first Pico-ITX fanless embedded box computer with its AMOS-3000. The
hand-sized computer was designed to handle industrial environments, but
this could also be tweaked in order to fit within a vehicle, a wall,
rack, etc. In other words, with a box this tiny, your options are close
to limitless.

The unit is also VIA's very first embedded box
computer of any kind, and it's based on the company's EPIA-P700
Pico-ITX board. The external chassis is comprised of heavy-duty steel,
aluminum and copper in a unique heat fin design that offers "superb"
heat dissipation. Just five mechanical pieces are needed to make it all
happen: a top cover, bottom plate, front and rear I/O access plates and
DOM module. The entire unit measures just 13.5 x 4.5 x 13.1
centimeters, and it's also VESA mount compatible for those looking to
mount it.

Not surprisingly, VIA has engineered this box to
operate with no moving parts, making it viable for certain
"mission-critical" applications in harsh environments. Internally, the
unit features a 1GHz VIA C7 processor or an Ultra Low Voltage 500MHz
VIA Eden processor coupled with VIA's fully integrated VIA VX700
Unified Digital Media chipset, 1GB of DDR2 system memory, a 44-din IDE
connector for storage (likely a 2.5-inch SATA drive), onboard gigabit
Ethernet and support for HD audio. You'll also see four USB 2.0
sockets, COM and GPIO ports and a variety of system LED indicators for
monitoring power and HDD activity. There's no word on pricing at the

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ice91785 replied on Wed, Feb 25 2009 10:25 AM

It looks like something I should throw in the trunk of my car and hook a speaker up to..(an amp).

I want one to test out..

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rapid1 replied on Wed, Feb 25 2009 11:59 AM

Wow, grab an external Hard drive and a wireless N connector and this could be a HD connected media center!!!!!!!!

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Based on the current price for Via Pico ITX boards I doubt this thing will be cheap.

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3vi1 replied on Thu, Feb 26 2009 8:27 AM

That's exactly what I was thinking, Ice! I was just wondering how cool the environment needs to be for this thing to work - i.e. what if you left your car in the sun all day?

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ice91785 replied on Fri, Feb 27 2009 11:39 AM

what if you left your car in the sun all day?

Well it'd be in the trunk silly, so the ambient temp would be far less than that of the cab. However i dont know if I would be truly comfortable doing such a thing anyway at the pricing :p

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