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VIA LAUNCHES EPIA V-Series

Postby Ian on Mon Jan 13, 2003 9:48 am

While not CD-RW related, these little motherboards are pretty slick.

VIA Extends Family of Ultra Compact Mini-ITX Mainboards with Launch of VIA EPIA V-Series

Latest VIA EPIA Mainboard provides a flexible platform for the increasingly popular small form factor devices, including entry-level and education PCs, network terminals and low power servers

Taipei, Taiwan, 13 January 2003 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator and developer of silicon chip technologies and PC platform solutions, today launched the VIA EPIA V-Series Mini-ITX mainboard, a cost effective addition to its family of ultra compact yet highly integrated Mini-ITX mainboards. At just 17cm x 17cm, Mini-ITX is the world’s smallest native x86 mainboard platform.

The VIA EPIA V-Series follows in the footsteps of the EPIA and EPIA M-Series mainboards by extending the reach of the VIA pioneered Mini-ITX platform to meet the needs of a growing number of market segments. To date, the acclaimed EPIA mainboard has been adopted in a wide range of products, from barebones PCs to thin clients and set top boxes. The more recently released EPIA M-Series mainboard is optimized for digital media applications, and has gained a reputation as the ideal platform for next generation “lifestyle devices” that are fast finding their way into the living room.

Based around the VIA Apollo PLE133 chipset, the VIA EPIA V-Series is fully compatible with all leading operating systems and is available with an embedded VIA Eden™ ESP processor core for fanless, ultra-quiet systems, or an embedded VIA C3™ E-Series processor for devices running more digital multimedia applications. Key to the VIA EPIA Mini-ITX mainboard family is the incredible number of features packed onto this tiny board, and the EPIA V-Series is no exception, featuring integrated 2D/3D graphics, AC’97 audio, 10/100 Ethernet and TV-out, allowing the option of display on a standard TV.

“Since the release of the first EPIA mainboard we have seen the momentum of the Mini-ITX platform grow at an amazing rate, and as VIA extends the reach of its Mini-ITX family this trend is sure to continue,” commented Richard Brown, Director of Marketing of VIA Technologies, Inc. “Increasingly, we see manufacturers and consumers alike realizing that raw power is not necessarily the answer to today’s user requirements. The success of the Mini-ITX platform is proof that the answer is smaller, lower power devices that are optimized for their target application usage.”

Available now, the VIA EPIA V Series supports up to 1GB of PC133 SDRAM, has one PCI slot for expandability options, and is compatible with a full range of Mini-ITX chassis as well as FlexATX and MicroATX chassis.

About the VIA EPIA V-Series Mini-ITX Mainboard

The new VIA EPIA V-Series Mini-ITX mainboard provides system integrators and OEMs with a standardized ultra compact yet highly integrated platform that can be utilized across multiple mini PC, Information Station, Information Server, and Broadband Gateway product lines. With a footprint that measures only 170mm x 170mm, the new VIA EPIA V-Series mainboard comes with a rich feature set that includes a VIA C3™ processor (EBGA package), integrated AGP graphics and audio, USB, Ethernet networking, and floppy drive connector.

Featuring a powerful processor core available with native x86 execution, 192KB full speed L1/L2 cache, and MMXÔ and 3DNow!Ô support, the EPIA V-Series mainboard delivers leading edge PC application and Internet performance on an embedded platform and is fully compatible with a complete range of MicrosoftÒ WindowsÒ XP, Windows 9x, Embedded Windows, and Windows CE operating systems as well as all the leading versions of Linux. Market-leading thermal characteristics make the VIA EPIA V-Series Mainboard the ideal solution for ergonomic quiet system designs for a variety of innovative low profile, small form factors, and translate into lower energy costs for systems that run 24/7.

More information about the new ultra compact VIA EPIA V-Series Mini-ITX mainboard can be found at <http://www.viavpsd.com/>. The VIA EPIA V-Series mainboard is available from VPSD distributors worldwide. More information about the availability of the new ultra compact VIA EPIA V-Series mainboard can be found at: <http://www.viavpsd.com/wheretobuy/where2buy.jsp>.

About VIA Technologies, Inc.

VIA Technologies, Inc. is a leading innovator and developer of PC core logic chipsets, microprocessors, and multimedia, communications, optical media and networking chips. VIA delivers value to the PC industry by designing, marketing, and selling high-performance VIA Apollo core logic chipsets for the full range of PC platforms, and cost-effective VIA C3™ processors for Value PCs and Internet Appliances, as well as developing complete solutions for the PC platform through its VPSD Business Unit. Its customers include the world's top OEMs, mainboard manufacturers, and system integrators. VIA is headquartered in Taipei, Taiwan, at the center of the Greater China high-tech manufacturing engine, and has branch offices in the US, China and Europe. The company is listed on the Taiwan Stock Exchange (TSE2388), and achieved annual revenues of nearly US$1 billion in 2001. Additional information can be found at www.via.com.tw.
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Postby Ian on Mon Jan 13, 2003 9:55 am

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Postby Derek on Wed Jan 15, 2003 12:42 am

I wish VIA would integrate the Envy24HT into the Epias instead of the VT1616 chip they have on there right now. The 24/192 sound, combined with SPDIF or Firewire out could make a killer sounding box. They 24HT can play DVD-Audio disks as well, something I'm more than ready for. The VT1616 6 Channel AC97 leaves a bit to be desired.

Oh well, maybe there will be an EPIA M^2 ? :D

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