VIA has launched the VIA Epia MII mini-ITX motherboard, aimed at the digital home market. It is available with the VIA C3 or the VIA Eden ESP processor and measures only 17 cm x 17 cm. It has the VIA CLE266 chipset with integrated Unichrome 2D/3D solution which also acts as an embedded MPEG-2 accelerator for smooth DVD playback.
In addition to the power efficient VIA C3 or fanless VIA Eden ESP processor, the board features the VIA CLE266 chipset with integrated Unichrome 2D/3D graphics that includes an embedded MPEG-2 accelerator to ensure smooth DVD playback for a rich overall entertainment experience. With the sizable memory bandwidth of DDR266 SDRAM and the high data transfer speeds of ATA/133, the VIA EPIA MII ensures the high performance levels required of today's most popular digital media and productivity applications. The user's digital media experience is further enhanced by support for 5.1 surround sound, courtesy of the onboard VIA Vinyl Six-TRAC Audio.
The latest in high-bandwidth connectivity is supported with IEEE 1394 and USB 2.0 connections, as well as S-Video and RCA TV-Out (NTSC & PAL) and 10/100 Mbps Fast Ethernet for seamless broadband connectivity. The VIA EPIA M-Series also offers support for a growing number of LVDS embedded LCD panels, has a PCI slot for expandability options, and is compatible with a full range of Mini-ITX chassis as well as FlexATX and MicroATX enclosures.
The VIA EPIA MII Digital Home Platform takes the Mini-ITX form factor and optimizes it for the home entertainment market, adding CardBus Types I and II support and CompactFlash for greater flexibility in home network integration, and expanding the horizon of applications to include wired or wireless media servers, media players, media receivers and much more.
Featuring a horizontal extension that houses a CardBus and CompactFlash slot, the newest member of the VIA EPIA mainboard family maintains the signature low profile design of VIA's Mini-ITX offerings. The onboard CardBus and CompactFlash slots provide system developers with a wider range of options for building systems that can connect wirelessly in the home, while providing the convenience of direct camera to PC plug and play digital storage through a variety of CompactFlash disk products.