Saturday, June 28th 2008

VIA Pico-ITX Goes Low Profile, Integrates Power Supply

VIA Technologies, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today announced the VIA EPIA P700 Pico-ITX board that couples more features within a streamlined, ultra compact footprint designed for low profile systems, with extended I/O port options through two companion boards.


Now featuring native S-ATA II support, Gigabit LAN, and support for GPIO, SM bus and LPC devices, the 10cm x 7.2cm VIA EPIA P700 is based on the VIA VX700 unified digital media IGP chipset and is powered by a 1GHz VIA C7 or fanless 500MHz VIA Eden ULV processor. An integrated power adapter coupled with the 5-volt S-SATA power cable negates the need for a separate power daughterboard, saving considerable space for ultra compact systems.

Linear on-board pin-header placement means developers can use a single cable to effortlessly connect various I/O devices in a streamlined way that reduces cable clutter. Flexible battery placement is also geared towards improved miniaturization, making the VIA EPIA P700 the most slimline Pico-ITX board yet.

Two companion boards make light work of design implementation and product testing. The P700-A board features an RJ45 port, a VGA port and a COM port, while the P700-B sports four USB ports and three audio jacks for multi-channel surround sound. The two companion boards fit seamlessly with the streamlined linear pin-headers on either side of the VIA EPIA P700 to enable ultra low profile devices.

"VIA has listened to its customers to learn how we can add even greater features to our products," said Daniel Wu, Vice President, VIA Embedded Platform Division, VIA Technologies, Inc. "Pico-ITX continues to evolve in tandem with the needs of our customers, addressing the challenge of producing full-featured, ultra compact embedded systems that can be brought to market as quickly and as easily as possible."

About the VIA EPIA P700 Pico-ITX Board
The VIA EPIA P700 Pico-ITX board is powered by either a 1.0GHz VIA C7 or fanless 500MHz VIA Eden ULV processor and supports up to 1GB of DDR2 system memory. The VIA VX700 unified digital media IGP chipset boasts 2D/3D AGP graphics and video decoding acceleration for WMV and MPEG-2/4 video through the VIA UniChrome Pro II IGP graphics core. The VIA VT1708B high definition codec offers eight channel audio and DTS multi-channel digital surround sound for an all-round high fidelity experience.

The VIA EPIA P700 negates the need for a traditional power board with an integrated +12V DC 2-pin power jack and lock which also includes a 5V S-SATA power cable.

The VIA EPIA P700 has both an onboard IDE and S-ATA II ports. I/O connectivity through pin-headers and bundled companion cards include a Gigabit Ethernet port, a CRT/DVI header, a LVDS port, a COM port, 3 audio jacks, 4 USB 2.0 ports, a PS/2 port and an LPC/SM Bus/GPIO pin header.

VIA EPIA P700 Pricing and Availability
VIA EPIA P700 Pico-ITX boards are available now for developers; for pricing and availability, please contact your local VIA sales representative.

For more details about the VIA EPIA P700 please visit:
http://www.via.com.tw/en/products/mainboards/motherboards.jsp?motherboard_id=690Source: VIA
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10 Comments on VIA Pico-ITX Goes Low Profile, Integrates Power Supply

#1
[I.R.A]_FBi
neat-o!

now more pico-itx cases need to be made.
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#2
PrudentPrincess
Now Apple has to step up and remove the power brick from the Mac Mini. That thing is disgusting.
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#3
qwerty_lesh
omg, that is crazy small. 1ghz cpu, that should be enough for xp mce 2005 to run,
get a damn small mediacenter case and a slimline 5.1/4" blueray combo rom and you have one wicked media center frontend :toast: + gigabit lan on this would be perfect for streaming from a backend over lan :rockout: i hope it can run 2gb of 667
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#4
tkpenalty
by: qwerty_lesh
omg, that is crazy small. 1ghz cpu, that should be enough for xp mce 2005 to run,
get a damn small mediacenter case and a slimline 5.1/4" blueray combo rom and you have one wicked media center frontend :toast: + gigabit lan on this would be perfect for streaming from a backend over lan :rockout: i hope it can run 2gb of 667
Integrate it into TVs!
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#5
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by: tkpenalty
Integrate it into TVs!
Integrate it into fridges! Microwaves! Beowulf clusters!
When I have some spare money, I'm putting one of those into my monitor. :D
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#6
candle_86
that looks nothing like even a computer to me lol, very nice, ill be looking at this for my car, its alot smaller than the P3 system currently powering my media system
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#7
lemonadesoda
by: VIA]Embedded customer demand is absorbing current supply. VIA apologizes for any delay in shipment to distributors.[/quote]Just say: Due to popular demand
Integrate it into fridges! Microwaves! Beowulf clusters!
When I have some spare money, I'm putting one of those into my monitor. :D
For NAS and clusters you dont need PCI sockets or sound hardware. Get a segment board instead. Smaller, simpler, cheaper, lower power: http://www.via.com.tw/en/products/mainboards/motherboards.jsp?motherboard_id=610
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#8
Mussels
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what would be nice is if these end up like crossfireX: these little beasties run the OS/desktop using next to no power, and no noise, and the higher end parts only power on when you load a game or demanding application.
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#9
lemonadesoda
That's the idea of Powermanagement, Speedstep and C1E haltstates. Unfortunately, 3.5" HDDs and thirsty FSB, Quickpath, North and Southbridges, mean that no matter how much you choke to CPU, the chipset is drinking too much on a PERFORMANCE PC.

You know, the low power Xeons (L5xxx) series are quite happy on passive cooling. Intel can still go further with power management an ULV CPU. But people rarely care about measuring powerformace/watt, but look at pure performance benchmarks.

Maybe that perspective will change over the next 18 months. electricity costs are getting more and more expensive every day.
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#10
Mussels
Moderprator
by: lemonadesoda
That's the idea of Powermanagement, Speedstep and C1E haltstates. Unfortunately, 3.5" HDDs and thirsty FSB, Quickpath, North and Southbridges, mean that no matter how much you choke to CPU, the chipset is drinking too much on a PERFORMANCE PC.

You know, the low power Xeons (L5xxx) series are quite happy on passive cooling. Intel can still go further with power management an ULV CPU. But people rarely care about measuring powerformace/watt, but look at pure performance benchmarks.

Maybe that perspective will change over the next 18 months. electricity costs are getting more and more expensive every day.
i have a power meter and have done my best to reduce the power consumption of every system i have. In the end what you said is true: theres just too many components needed for a fast PC that make it impossible to save power. Having low power, slow backups is definitely a good solution.
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