VIA Intros First Pico-ITX Box With AMOS-3000

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 moment.
Tags:  VIA, PC, Pico-ITX, Embedded