VIA Goes Small With EPIA-M830 Nano E-Series Mini-ITX Motherboard

Is bigger always better? Not if you're VIA, who makes out by making smaller-than-average wares, from tiny CPUs to tiny motherboards. The company has just launched yet another tiny product, the EPIA-M830, their first VIA Nano E-Series Mini-ITX board. It's designed to operate with 64-bit applications, and while it's aimed at commercial applications, it doesn't take a computer scientist to realize the potential in the home, car, or elsewhere.

It's being made available in both passive and active cooling configurations; the fanless 1.0GHz or the 1.3GHz fan-equipped Via Nano E-Series options are both joined by the VIA VX800 media system processor, which provides DirectX 9 support. They both support Gigabit Ethernet, up to 2GB of DDR2 RAM and video acceleration for MPEG-2, MPEG-4, WMV9 and VC-1 video formats, plus a VMR capable HD video processor.

On the rear, you'll find a VGA output, RS-232 connector (great for home automation installations), four USB 2.0 ports and audio in/out. There's no mention of pricing just yet, but it's available now to "project customers."

VIA Launches VIA EPIA-M830, First VIA Nano E-Series Mini-ITX Board

VIA EPIA-M830 Mini-ITX board brings 64-bit performance and streamlined feature set to modern kiosk applications

Taipei, Taiwan, 4 May 2010 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today announced the new VIA EPIA-M830 Mini-ITX board.  Designed specifically to meet the needs of next generation kiosk, POI and POS applications, the VIA EPIA-M830 places the latest 64-bit, high performance VIA Nano E-Series processor in a streamlined, application specific Mini-ITX form factor board.

Kiosk and POS systems will soon support an incredible array of increasingly complex human-machine interactions that reach beyond traditional ticketing or retail scenarios. The VIA EPIA-M830 is designed to take the kiosk to this next phase, providing the backbone of devices that offer cashless purchasing and self service infrastructures in supermarkets and gas stations as well as more secure and interactive, multimedia-rich POI, lotto and gaming machines.

“The VIA EPIA-M830 board represents a mile-stone in kiosk device design, packing a wealth of kiosk-oriented features and enhancements into a high performance, 64-bit platform,” said Daniel Wu, Vice President, VIA Embedded Platform Division, VIA Technologies, Inc. “This highly focused platform arms developers with the tools to build the next phase of interactive kiosks.”

The VIA EPIA-M830 is available in both active and passive cooling configurations. A fanless 1.0GHz VIA Nano E-Series or performance oriented 1.3GHz VIA Nano E-Series processor is joined by the VIA VX800 media system processor providing DirectX9 integrated graphics, crystal clear HD audio and Gigabit networking. The VIA VX800 supports up to 2GB of DDR2 system memory and offers advanced video acceleration for MPEG-2, MPEG-4, WMV9 and VC-1 video formats, plus a VMR capable HD video processor.

Rear panel I/O includes a VGA port, an RS-232 connector (selectable to 5v/12v), four USB 2.0 ports and both line-in and lie-out jacks. On board connectors provide a wealth of options including a PCIe x4 slot, a Mini-PCIe socket, an LVDS connector (optional 240 bit dual channel panel support), two additional voltage selectable RS-232 pin headers, front audio pin-headers, PS/2, LPC and SMBUS headers and digital I/O including GPI and GPO options.

The VIA EPIA-M830 is available now to project customers. For more details please go to:

VIA Nano E-Series Processors

VIA Nano E-Series processors are aimed specifically at the needs of the broader embedded industry, bringing technologies that will help revitalize embedded device design and power the next wave of embedded design innovation. Built on the successful 64-bit, superscalar architecture that powers the VIA Nano 3000 Series processor range, VIA Nano E-Series processors include extended longevity support of up to seven years and offer the most complete, low power microprocessor design in the industry today.

For further information about the VIA Nano processor family and the VIA Nano E-Series, please go to:

About VIA Technologies, Inc.

VIA Technologies, Inc is the foremost fabless supplier of power efficient x86 processor platforms that are driving system innovation in the PC, client, ultra mobile and embedded markets. Combining energy-saving processors with digital media chipsets and advanced connectivity, multimedia and networking silicon enables a broad spectrum of computing and communication platforms, including its widely acclaimed ultra compact mainboards. Headquartered in Taipei, Taiwan, VIA’s global network links the high tech centers of the US, Europe and Asia, and its customer base includes the world’s top OEMs and system integrators.