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Powerful Pico-ITX Board Packs VIA Nano Processor

A new Pico-ITX form factor board from Via Technologies features the high-performance, 64-bit Via Nano processor, bringing digital multimedia performance and virtualization capabilities to the smallest of spaces. The choice of Via Nano processor means that the Via EPIA-P820 offers a range of advantages over competitor offerings, including full 64-bit software support, a high-performance superscalar architecture and full support of the latest virtualization technologies for next-generation server and virtual machine applications. Paired with the Via VX855 media system processor, the Via EPIA-P820 is well equipped to handle smooth playback of the most demanding codecs at resolutions up to 1080p.

Measuring a mere 10 cm x 7.2 cm, the ultra-compact Via EPIA-P820 supports 2 Gbytes of DDR2 system memory and leverages a power-efficient, high-performance 1.2 GHz U2500 Via Nano processor to provide system developers with the most powerful Pico-ITX platform to date. The Via EPIA-P820 features the highly integrated, all-in-one Via VX855 Media System Processor, specially designed to provide hardware acceleration for the latest HD video codecs including H.264, WMV, VC1 and MPEG 2/4 at high bit rates and display resolutions of up to 1080p with very low CPU utilization. The Via Chrome9 HCM 3D integrated graphics core boasts full DirectX 9.0 support and a 128-bit 2D engine with hardware rotation capability. 

The Via EPIA-P820 uses a specially designed I/O add-on board, which supplements the native HDMI port to add a VGA port, a Gigabit LAN port and two USB 2.0 ports. The Via Vinyl HD audio codec provides 6 channel, DTS-capable audio with S/PDIF support. Storage is provided in the shape of an onboard 44-pin IDE connector and one S-ATA port. Onboard pin headers provide support for an additional 4 x USB 2.0 ports, an LPC connector, SMBus connector, PS/2 support, audio jacks, LVDS, 4 pairs of DIO and two UART ports.

VIA Technologies, Fremont, CA. (510) 683-3300. [www.via.com.tw].

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