x86 Mainboard with Specialized I/O Add-in Card
VIA Technologies announced the VIA EPIA PX mainboard, the first commercial mainboard based on the company's Pico-ITX form factor measuring 10 cm × 7.2 cm. Powered by the 1 GHz VIA C7 processor and supporting up to 1 GB of DDR2 533 SO-DIMM system memory, the 10-layer mainboard is based around the single-chip VIA VX700 system media processor, which features the the company’s UniChrome Pro II IGP 3D/2D graphics core, MPEG-2/-4 and WMV9 hardware decoding acceleration and display flexibility, including support for higher display resolutions of up to HDTV for HD DVD playback. Onboard connectors and I/O enable developers to harness the full power of the mainboard, though the VIA PX-O, a dedicated daughterboard with multiple digital media I/O ports, is available on request to assist project developers in early system testing. Power efficiency is integral to the platform, with the maximum power (TDP) of the processor and chipset at 9W and 3.5W respectively combined with low power DDR2 memory enabling the VIA EPIA PX to run standard productivity and multimedia applications at under 13W.