VIA introduced a new mini-ITX motherboard, the VIA EPIA EX series.
The VIA EPIA EX mainboard is powered by the highly efficient 1.5GHz or fanless 1.0GHz VIA C7 processor and is the first mainboard to feature the new VIA CX700M2 system media processor, an all-in-one digital media IGP chipset integrating the VIA UniChrome Pro II 2D/3D graphics core and an extended array of high end video and audio technologies for the ultimate digital media device.
This includes hardware decoding acceleration of MPEG-2/-4 and WMV9 video, an HDTV encoder that utilizes VIA's Advance ProScale Technology to scale the input resolution for 640x480 up to 1024x768 encode for 1080i, 720p standard HDTV resolution output, the Chromotion CE engine for crystal clear video, and VIA Vinyl Multi-channel HD audio through the VIA VT1708 HD audio codec for a richer listening experience.
A full complement of consumer I/O includes ports for composite, component and S-Video, S/PDIF audio, and onboard connectors for LVDS and DVI displays, with USB2.0 and IEEE1394 peripheral connectivity, full featured SATA II multi-configuration RAID, and 10/100Mbps Fast Ethernet for seamless broadband connectivity, plus a Gigabit Ethernet option. Up to 1GB of the power efficient DDR2 400/533MHz memory is supported, which optimizes system performance for today's digital media applications.