VIA Technologies has launched the world's first embedded Mini-ITX boards using a quad core processor. The EPIA-M900 and EPIA-M910 boards use the 1.2GHz VIA QuadCore E-Series processor for enhanced multi-tasking and multimedia performance on the lowest quad core power budget for next generation embedded products.
The QuadCore E-Series processor features a highly optimized, energy efficient multi-core architecture, which is natively 64-bit compatible and comes with a host of additional performance features including Adaptive Overclocking. To meet the low power demands of the embedded market, the VIA QuadCore E-Series processor offers industry-leading energy efficiency, with the QuadCore E-Series 1.2+ GHz processor delivering a thermal design power (TDP) of only 27.5W. The distributed power of the processor makes it ideal for handling the most demanding HD video formats for immersive multi-display applications and environments.
"The VIA QuadCore E-Series processor delivers world class performance in the industry's leading power efficient package," said Epan Wu, Head of the VIA Embedded Platform Division at VIA Technologies in Taiwan. "The high performance of the VIA QuadCore E-Series processor makes it the perfect platform for the creation of next generation digital signage displays and embedded projects."
Measuring 17cm x 17cm the EPIA-M900 Mini-ITX board features the choice of a 1.2GHz QuadCore E-Series processor or a 1.6GHz dual core VIA Nano X2 E-Series processor. Paired with the VX900 MSP, supporting up to 8GB of DDR3 system memory and featuring the VIA ChromotionHD 2.0 video processor, the EPIA-M900 enables the creation of innovative next generation digital signage, POS, Kiosk, ATM, home automation, healthcare and media client system design applications.
The rear panel I/O includes a Gigabit LAN port, HDMI port, VGA port, four USB 2.0 ports, one COM port and three audio jacks. An onboard PCIe x16 slot (with effective speed up to PCIe x8) and one PCI slot is accompanied with pin headers providing one dual channel 24-bit LVDS support (including backlight control), an additional three COM ports, a further four USB 2.0 ports and one USB device port, LPC support, 2 Digital I/O, SPDIF out and an SMBus header.
Paired with the VX900 MSP, the EPIA-M910 is available with a wide choice of VIA x86 processors, including the latest 1.2GHz QuadCore E-Series processor, a 1.6GHz Nano X2 dual core processor or a fanless 1.0GHz Eden X2 dual core processor. Featuring one of the richest I/O sets available, the EPIA-M910 is ideal for a wide range of embedded applications including ATM, kiosks, POS, digital signage, healthcare and digital media applications.
Rear panel I/O includes dual Gigabit LAN ports, PS/2 support, one HDMI port, a VGA port, two RS-232 5v/12v selectable COM ports, four USB 2.0 ports and audio jacks. On board pin headers provide 2 x 24-bit LVDS support (including backlight control), two SATA ports, an additional six COM ports, a further four USB ports, Digital I/O, and a PCIe x4 slot. The EPIA-M910 is available with support for either ATX or DC-in power supplies.
This article originally appeared on EE Times Europe.