epia ex VIA EPIA EX Series Mini ITX Boards

VIA today announced the VIA EPIA EX-Series Mini-ITX mainboards, the first of
VIA’s compact platforms to feature the new VIA CX700M2 system media processor.
Powered by the highly efficient 1.5GHz or fanless 1.0GHz VIA C7® processor, the
VIA EPIA EX has an average operating power consumption of just 13.6 watts.
Specifically designed for the fast-growing x86-based consumer electronics
market, the VIA EPIA EX mainboard features full consumer I/O, including 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 RAID, and 10/100Mbps Fast Ethernet for seamless broadband
connectivity, with a Gigabit Ethernet option.

VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator and developer of silicon chip
technologies and PC platform solutions, today announced the VIA EPIA EX-Series
Mini-ITX mainboards, the first of VIA’s compact platforms to feature the new VIA
CX700M2 system media processor. Powered by the highly efficient 1.5GHz or
fanless 1.0GHz VIA C7® processor, the VIA EPIA EX has an average operating power
consumption of just 13.6 watts.

Specifically designed for the fast-growing x86-based consumer electronics
market, the VIA EPIA EX mainboard features full consumer I/O, including 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 RAID, and 10/100Mbps Fast Ethernet for seamless broadband
connectivity, with a Gigabit Ethernet option.

The VIA EPIA EX also boasts the VIA CX700M2 advanced 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,
including hardware decoding acceleration of MPEG-2/-4 and WMV9 video, a built-in
HDTV encoder up to 1080i, 720p output, and VIA Vinyl Multi-channel HD audio for
a richer listening experience.

“We see the consumer electronics market increasingly adopting the x86 platform
for the extra performance and comprehensive compatibility with all popular media
formats, and the fully integrated, off the shelf VIA EPIA EX fills this need
perfectly,” said Daniel Wu, Assistant Vice President, VIA Platform Solutions
Division, VIA Technologies, Inc. “Leveraging the power efficient VIA processors
and the extensive feature set of the VIA CX700M2 media system processor, the VIA
EPIA EX speaks directly to the demands of CE developers.”

Combining such a range of leading-edge features and the richly integrated VIA
silicon platform onto an ultra compact mainboard reduces the need for add-in
cards and compatibility testing, greatly reducing time to market and
significantly lowering the total cost of development for SIs and OEMs.

About the VIA EPIA EX-Series Mini-ITX Mainboard

epia ex VIA EPIA EX Series Mini ITX Boards

Designed to meet the increasing demands of consumer electronics-style digital
media computing and communications devices, the feature-packed VIA EPIA EX Mini-ITX
mainboard is available with either the 1.5GHz or fanless 1.0GHz VIA C7 processor
supporting the highly efficient VIA V4 bus interface, combined with the VIA
CX700M2 system media processor with its support for a wide range of digital
media technologies appropriate for the consumer electronics market.

The VIA EPIA EX Mini-ITX integrates advanced digital media features that include
a HDTV encoder which utilizes an advanced ASIC with VIA’s Advance ProScale®
Technology to scale the input resolution for 640×480 up to 1024×768 encode for
1080i, 720p standard HDTV resolution output; the VIA UniChrome Pro II integrated
graphics processor (IGP) that supports hardware MPEG-2/-4 and WMV9 acceleration
and includes the Chromotion™ CE engine for crystal clear video, VIA Vinyl
8-channel HD audio, LVDS and a DVI module connectors, S-Video, component,
composite and RCA outputs for unparalleled connectivity. Also supported by the
VIA EPIA EX Mini-ITX mainboard is up to 1GB of DDR2 400/533MHz memory, a full
featured native SATA II RAID 0, 1, 0+1, and Gigabit Ethernet as an option.

VIA EPIA EX Mini-ITX Availability

The VIA EPIA EX-Series Mini-ITX mainboard is available now for developers, and
will be available in limited quantities through authorized distributors in late
January.