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VIA EPIA-P720 Brings Fanless HD Video Playback to Pico-ITX

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VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today announced the VIA EPIA-P720 Pico-ITX board, which takes advantage of the latest VIA VX855 media system processor to deliver stunningly smooth playback of the latest HD video formats for next-generation digital interactive devices.

"VIA continually strives to offer customers compelling product designs that open up new worlds of possibility," said Daniel Wu, Vice President, VIA Embedded Platform Division, VIA Technologies, Inc. "The VIA EPIA-P720 enables a new class of extremely compact embedded devices that can comfortably handle the most demanding video playback whilst remaining entirely fanless. No other compact platform currently offers these features in tandem."

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This is seriously cool. HD playback on something that can be fit in a Gamboy. :D
 

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for via ... it's simple world...with no amd, no intel or nvidia :D
 
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Eden™ ULV CPU, 1.0GHz

I do wish VIA would put their new Nano processor across the product range. Even a ULV slow Nano would significantly outperform the Eden (IIRC) and would give a little more scope for running the embedded system on Windows... e.g. easy for a user to build a media station or skype video phone system on this. The Eden 1GHz is just a little slow.
 
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Niiiiice...
 

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i want to see one in a gamecube now, go make me one frick
 
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Gamecube eh? I need a new project...
 

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GRRR no DVI port. But you get a VGA port :|
 

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but why no eSATA?
If someones going to cash out for one of these tiny little awesome machines, they're gonna put a large disk on it to 'backup' theyre h.264 video, Don't get me wrong, the gigabit lan is nice, but Gigabit lan and an eSATA socket is nicer!
 

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Do they have different back I/O plates for it? I don't think this board uses the standard Pico ITX header layout that I have seen on other Pico ITX boards.
i dont think you get an i/o plate. if you look at the inards of the case it comes with its own PCB that connects to the backplate.
 
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Where does the ram go, in the bottom ?. Guessing that it takes laptop ram if it's that small:)
 
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but why no eSATA?
If someones going to cash out for one of these tiny little awesome machines, they're gonna put a large disk on it to 'backup' theyre h.264 video, Don't get me wrong, the gigabit lan is nice, but Gigabit lan and an eSATA socket is nicer!
look closer.
 
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but why no eSATA?
If someones going to cash out for one of these tiny little awesome machines, they're gonna put a large disk on it to 'backup' theyre h.264 video, Don't get me wrong, the gigabit lan is nice, but Gigabit lan and an eSATA socket is nicer!
You could hook up an external drive via ethernet to a router/switch. Or you can hook up a standard SATA hard drive.

Where does the ram go, in the bottom ?. Guessing that it takes laptop ram if it's that small:)
I don't think it has ram slots...:confused: but I could be wrong.

Pretty nice though :cool: I wouldn't mind owning one of these for an HTPC, dedicated strictly to video playback.
 

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i want to see one in a gamecube now, go make me one frick
....

That's actually something I should think about.

...

Or better yet, in a Gameboy! ^^



BTW, what will the price be? I've found some swedish stores that will take them in, but they'll be like $450. -_-
 

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You can look as close as you want, it doesn't have an eSATA port.

Not that I think it is needed, I'd use this to stream the media from my media server, and really for the purposes of this machine USB would be fine.
 

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There is a SATA port, you could use the IDE connector for storage and the SATA for external purposes..
 
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You could hook up an external drive via ethernet to a router/switch. Or you can hook up a standard SATA hard drive.



I don't think it has ram slots...:confused: but I could be wrong.

Pretty nice though :cool: I wouldn't mind owning one of these for an HTPC, dedicated strictly to video playback.
r. Powered by a low power, fanless 1GHz VIA Eden ULV processor, the VIA EPIA-P720 supports up to 2GB of DDR2 system memory
It supports so I wonder if it does have one in the bottom.
 

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Most setups like this use a SO-DIMM slot on the bottom, so that is likely where it is on this one also. Since it isn't in any of the pictures, and that is the only side we don't have a picture of, I would assume it there.