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Mini-ITX Platform Provides Multiple Displays for Signage and Gaming

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A new low-power Mini-ITX motherboard couples the Via VX900 media system processor with a choice of 1.2 GHz and 1.6 GHz Via Nano Processors to provide a high-performance and highly scalable solution for advanced digital signage systems. 

In addition to providing native support for dual displays, the VB8004 from Via Technologies can also be easily upgraded to support four displays using an additional Via S3 5400E graphics module, providing developers with the widest variety of multi-display configuratons, including HDMI, LVDS and DVI technologies.

Powered by a choice of 1.6 GHz and 1.2 GHz Via Nano processors, the Via VB8004 leverages the advanced multimedia capabilities of the Via VX900 system media processor to deliver awesome DX10.1 graphics and support for rich 1080p video resolutions. In addition to supporting up to 4 Gbyte DDR3, the board features rich I/O capabilities including an HDMI port, one DVI port, a one channel 24-bit LVDS, one GigaLAN port, two USB 2.0 ports, one serial, one PS2 port and two SATA ports.

The Via S3 5400E dedicated graphics module is a daughter card specially designed to provide advanced multimedia capabilities for next-generation embedded applications and is the best-in-class energy efficient DX10.1 GPU on the market today. With support of DX10.1, Shader Model 4.1, OpenGL 3.1 and OpenCL 1.0, the 5400E GPU provides a cost-effective solution for feature-rich graphics processing with high levels of video decoding and 3D rendering performance.

Featuring the ChromotionHD 2.1 video engine, a programmable video architecture supports the latest HD standards including Blu-ray Disk, H.264, VC-1, WMV-9 and MPEG-2/4. The S3 5400E module offers HD playback at resolutions of up to 2560 x 1600 pixels. Onboard I/O includes one HDMI port and one DVI port.

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