VIA announced the VIA EPIA EK-Series mainboard, designed for a new generation of network based ultra compact digital media appliances and boasting a maximum power consumption of just 19W.
As the first VIA EPIA Mini-ITX to be based on the VIA Luke CoreFusion™ processor platform, the VIA EPIA EK is available in a 1GHz or 800MHz fanless option and offers dual LAN with the option of a Gigabit Ethernet port, as well as hardware based security with the VIA PadLock Security Engine to help protect network communication and locally stored information, making the mainboard ideal for use in firewalls, servers and other secure networked devices.
The VIA EPIA EK integrates hardware MPEG-2/4 decoding acceleration and the VIA Vinyl VT1618 multi-channel audio codec to enable smooth digital media playback, and offers unparalleled connectivity with a DVI/LVDS module connection, Digital I/O (4 GPI/GPO), and up to four COM and USB ports. Optimized for use in POS, kiosks, and other networked digital media applications with greater multimedia and security requirements, the VIA EPIA EK also serves as an upgrade path from the popular VIA EPIA PD-Series Mini-ITX mainboards.
"Leveraging the power efficiency and rich integration of the VIA Luke CoreFusion™ processor platform, the VIA EPIA EK offers a true low power, feature packed Mini-ITX solution," said Daniel Wu, Head of the VIA Embedded Platform Division, VIA Technologies, Inc. "We are seeing explosive growth in demand for secure, bandwidth-efficient networked devices, especially in multimedia applications that have greater computational requirements, and our VIA EPIA range gives developers the solution they need on a single x86 platform."