Tuesday, January 5th 2010

VIA Announces the EPIA-P820 Pico-ITX Board with 64-bit Nano Processor

VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today announced the VIA EPIA-P820, the first Pico-ITX form factor board to feature the high performance, 64-bit VIA Nano processor, bringing industry-leading digital multimedia performance and virtualization capabilities to the smallest of spaces with the VIA AMOS-3001 chassis system.

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.

The VIA AMOS-3001 is an entirely fanless and thoroughly robust chassis system that is specially designed to work with the VIA EPIA-P820. Leveraging the digital prowess of the VIA EPIA-P820, the VIA AMOS-3001 offers a powerful, rugged and HD-ready industrial-class PC that combines all the benefits of high performance 64-bit computing and ruthless hardware acceleration of HD media across the latest display connectivity standards including native HDMI support.

"Never before have developers had the opportunity to harness full 64-bit, superscalar processing in spaces as small as the palm of your hand," said Daniel Wu, Vice President, VIA Embedded Platform Division, VIA Technologies, Inc. "The VIA EPIA-P820 combines with the VIA AMOS-3001 to create a complete embedded system that takes the latest features and digital media standards to the very smallest of places."

The VIA EPIA-P820: Small yet Powerful

Measuring a mere 10cm x 7.2cm the ultra compact VIA EPIA-P820 supports 2GB of DDR2 system memory and leverages a power-efficient, high performance 1.2GHz U2500 VIA Nano processor to provide system developers with the most powerful Pico-ITX platform ever.

The VIA EPIA-P820 features the highly integrated, all-in-one VIA VX855 Media System Processor, specially designed to provide flawless hardware acceleration for the latest HD video codecs including H.264, WMV, VC1 and MPEG 2/4 at high bitrates 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. On board 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.

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6 Comments on VIA Announces the EPIA-P820 Pico-ITX Board with 64-bit Nano Processor

#1
Mussels
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this could be rather awesome
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#2
Completely Bonkers
I wonder what kind of performance we can get out of this. What a shame there aren't TWO ethernet headers... it would give this a lot more flexibility, e.g. router, firewall, bridge, etc. Nonetheless, looks interesting.
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#3
aj28
It's a shame VIA can't find its way into more OEM designs. Publicity is a major concern, much like it was (and still is, in some cases), for AMD. If it's not what people are used to, they fear it is a lower quality product. I'm surprised these guys are still afloat, but I hope they keep it up and come out the far side as a better, more modern business.
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#4
PCpraiser100
Oh nice, a board that could be part of my media frenzies once I travel.
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#5
eidairaman1
explain why these boards are coming with a exchangeable Bios Chip when boards from the Likes of MSI, Gigabyte and ASUS are not, especially with their High End units!?
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#6
Mussels
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by: eidairaman1
explain why these boards are coming with a exchangeable Bios Chip when boards from the Likes of MSI, Gigabyte and ASUS are not, especially with their High End units!?
because they HATE US
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