Con il comunicato stampa di seguito allegato, VIA Technologies ha annunciato la motherboard in formato Nano-ITX siglata VIA EPIA N700. La nuova soluzione di VIA è la prima scheda madre in assoluto in grado di vantare l'adozione del chipset VIA VX800, che include un IGP basato sul core VIA Chrome 9 che supporta in pieno le API DirectX 9, ed è indirizzata ai PC ultra-compatti e alle device utilizzate tipicamente in ambito industriale.
VIA EPIA N700 viene commercializzata dal produttore in abbinamento ad un processore VIA C7 a 1.5GHz o a un VIA Eden a 500MHz; la memoria RAM installabile è di tipo DDR2. Il chipset VX800, che VIA indica come un Media System Processor, ne può gestire fino a 2GB; sono invece due le porte SATA della scheda, che rende disponibili inoltre un connettore ide e una porta per compact flash, per la gestione dello storage, e un connettore Gigabit, per la connettività.
VIA EPIA N700 arriverà ai distribuitori a metà Settembre; il costruttore non ne ha pubblicato l'MSRP.
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Taipei, Taiwan, August 15 2008 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today announced the VIA EPIA N700 Nano-ITX board, designed as a complete solution for compact industrial PC and embedded automation devices. Featuring a 1.5GHz VIA C7 or 500MHz VIA Eden processor, the VIA EPIA N700 is the first Nano-ITX board to feature the latest VIA VX800 media system processor, offering system designers the perfect balance of ruthless miniaturization and uncompromising functionality.
Compact, yet user friendly, the VIA EPIA N700 uses additional onboard ports to make system design of compact PCs easier; two S-ATA ports, a Gigabit LAN port, a COM port, two USB 2.0 ports and a VGA port are provided, with additional COM, LVDS and IDE support available through onboard pin-headers. With the VX800 offering an integrated DX9 graphics core and excellent hardware accelerated video playback, this compact, low heat, power-efficient board is the ultimate solution for designing low heat, compact systems.
The VIA EPIA N700 is the lowest profile Nano-ITX board ever. The addition of onboard VGA, USB, COM and Gigabit network ports on this compact board helps to reduce cluttered cabling, adding improved air-flow for enhanced stability in always-on systems and a further reduced system foot-print. The VIA EPIA N700 requires only a single 4-pin power cable as its sole power source, again saving space, while the external CMOS battery allows flexible, efficient placement within the chassis.
"The VIA EPIA N700 Nano-ITX board has been specially developed to excel in space constrained environments while offering an extensive feature set based around the VIA VX800," said Daniel Wu, Vice President, VIA Embedded Platform Division, VIA Technologies, Inc. "Through listening carefully to customers, we're confident that we've made the VIA EPIA N700 as user friendly as possible".
TThe VIA VX800 Media System Processor
The VIA EPIA N700 is equipped with the latest VIA VX800 media system processor, an all-in-one, highly integrated digital media IGP chipset featuring the latest video, graphics and connectivity performance in a single chip. Measuring just 33x33mm, the VIA VX800 features an integrated VIA Chrome 9 graphics core with full DirectX 9 support and the VIA Chromotion video engine which provides superb video acceleration for MPEG-2, MPEG-4, WMV9, VC1 and DiVX video formats, plus a VMR capable HD video processor. The VIA VX800 includes an integrated multi-configuration 24-bit, dual channel LVDS transmitter, enabling display connection to embedded panels. Learn more about the VIA VX800 system media processor here.
About the VIA EPIA N700
The VIA EPIA N700 is available with either a 1.5GHz VIA C7 or 500MHz VIA Eden processor coupled with the VIA VX800 unified media system processor supporting up to 2GB of DDR2 667 system memory.
In terms of storage, the VIA EPIA N700 has two onboard S-ATA connectors, an IDE connector through pin-headers and a compact flash port. Expansion is easy with a mini-PCI slot on the reverse side of the board. Both VGA and Gigabit ports are included while 24-bit dual channel LVDS is supported through pin-headers.
Two USB 2.0 ports are available through the I/O array while a further two are available through front panel pin headers, as is PS/2 support for keyboard and mouse. One serial port is included with support for RS232/422 and RS485 configurations, while a further three COM ports are available through pin-headers including a 12v/5v jumper. Other pin-headers provide support for SM Bus, SPI and digital I/O including 4 x GPI and 4 x GPO support.
Security can be augmented by enabling the VIA PadLock Security Engine, a hardware based security technology that provides the latest military-grade encryption and protection with the world's fastest x86 security engine.
More details about the VIA EPIA N700 Nano-ITX board may be found on the VIA website at:
VIA EPIA N700 Pricing and Availability
The VIA EPIA N700 board is available now for developers, and will be available through authorized distributors by mid-September. For pricing and availability, please contact your local VIA sales representative or send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Source: VIA Technologies Press Release