On Thursday Taiwanese motherboard and chipset manufacturer VIA Technologies claimed "world's first" by reintroducing the VIA EPIA-M900 and VIA EPIA-M910 boards as the company's first two Mini-ITX boards to feature it's 1.2 GHz VIA QuadCore E-Series processor. VIA says they're the most power efficient x86 quad-core solutions available on the market, targeted for "immersive" HD embedded environments.
The VIA EPIA-M900, which originally launched in July 2011, measures 17 x 17-cm and now comes packed with either the QuadCore E-Series processor, or the 1.6 GHz dual core VIA Nano X2 E-Series processor. Also on board is the VIA VX900 Media System Processor (MSP) which features the VIA ChromotionHD 2.0 video processor and supports up to 8 GB of DDR3 system memory. The rear panel I/O includes a Gigabit LAN port, HDMI port, VGA port, four USB 2.0 ports, one COM port and three audio jacks.
"An onboard PCIe x16 slot (with effective speed up to PCIe x8) and one PCI slot is accompanied with pin headers providing one dual channel 24-bit LVDS support (including backlight control), an additional three COM ports, a further four USB 2.0 ports and one USB device port, LPC support, 2 Digital I/O, SPDIF out and an SMBus header," VIA said on Thursday.
As for the VIA EPIA-M910, it launched just two weeks ago. It's a bit meatier than the previous M100 board, now supporting the 1.2 GHz VIA QuadCore E-Series processor in addition to the 1.6 GHz VIA Nano X2 dual core processor and the fanless 1.0 GHz VIA Eden X2 dual core processor, depending on your budget. The rear I/O panel is packed with dual Gigabit LAN ports, PS/2 support, one HDMI port, a VGA port, two RS-232 5v/12v selectable COM ports, four USB 2.0 ports and audio jacks.
"On board pin headers provide 2 x 24-bit LVDS support (including backlight control), two SATA ports, an additional six COM ports, a further four USB ports, Digital I/O, and a PCIe x4 slot. The VIA EPIA-M910 is available with support for either ATX or DC-in power supplies," VIA said.
VIA also stated that the QuadCore E-Series processor features a highly optimized, energy efficient multi-core architecture that delivers a thermal design power (TDP) of only 27.5W. It's also natively 64-bit compatible and comes with numerous performance features including Adaptive Overclocking.
"The VIA QuadCore E-Series processor delivers world class performance in the industry's leading power efficient package,"VIA said. "The high performance of the VIA QuadCore E-Series processor makes it the perfect platform for the creation of next generation digital signage displays and embedded projects."
Actual availability and pricing is unknown, so stay tuned.