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VIA Unveils Mini-ITX's on Steroids: Em-ITX

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 9 comments

VIA Technologies announces a new form factor designed for embedded developers named the Em-ITX form factor – 30 percent smaller than Mini-ITX.

The new Em-ITX form factor a open industry standard defined by VIA offering up to 200 percent more I/O real estate in a 30 percent smaller footprint measuring only 12 x 17cm. The Em-ITX form factor includes unique dual I/O coastlines and an exclusive Em-IO expansion bus to bring flexibility and scalability.

I/O inputs can be found on both 17cm edges of the board which in turn reduces cable clutter and boosts signal integrity as well. A variety of connectors are available on both I/O coastlines, including COM (RS-232/422/485), RJ45, DVI, VGA, LVDS, USB2.0 and DC power outputs.

The Em-IO expansion bus integrates the most common bus technologies such as USB 2.0, GPIO, LPC, PCIe, IDE, IEEE 1394, SATA, PCI, DVI, HDMI, Gigabit Ethernet and Card Bus signaling.

Essentially, the Em-ITX is the Mini-ITX’s little brother, but on steroids and is capable of delivering powerful computing in tight spaces. Applications of the Em-ITX could be anywhere from industrial automation, digital signage to kiosk systems.

Products based on the Em-ITX form factor should start to become available early next month. No pricing has been mentioned as of current.

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    Anonymous , March 4, 2009 12:03 AM
    That'd be smaller than a graphics card.
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    Anonymous , March 4, 2009 12:05 AM
    That'd be about the size of a graphics card!
    WTF is the matter with the posting system? This is the third time I submit this message, and still nothing shows!
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    eddieroolz , March 4, 2009 1:10 AM
    Is it me, or is there Engrish in this post?
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    bubba_sparxx , March 4, 2009 3:40 AM
    VIA Unveils Mini-ITX's on Steroids: Em-ITX

    Doesn't the use of steroids make things BIGGER?
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    mman74 , March 4, 2009 5:50 AM
    Joeman42 - ROFL!
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    neiroatopelcc , March 4, 2009 10:35 AM
    bubba_sparxxVIA Unveils Mini-ITX's on Steroids: Em-ITXDoesn't the use of steroids make things BIGGER?

    steroids are used to strengthen stuff up. muscle growth is a side effect.
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    gwolfman , March 4, 2009 1:28 PM
    joeman42That would depend on the part of the anatomy...

    Wow, that was great. +1
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    hellwig , March 4, 2009 3:15 PM
    ProDigit80, just reload the page again after posting a message, it should pop-up.

    Man that thing has a lot of serial ports, this is clearly aimed at control systems, automated kiosks, etc. Maybe even the automotive market, but serial seems out of place there.
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    Anonymous , March 4, 2009 10:46 PM
    Oh wow, seeing all those SERIAL ports on it just makes me so horny......