Via announces new Pico-ITX reference platform

By Justin Mann on
What's smaller than “nano”? Pico, of course, and thus that was chosen as the name for the new ITX form factor being introduced by Via. Bordering on the size of embedded devices, Via's new Pico-ITX platform is designed to have a complete system in a device about a fourth of the size of Mini-ITX. The new platform, as of yet unreleased, will be taking advantage of the low power draw of the Eden processors, currently up to 1.5GHz, and come with a host of other goodies built-in:

Fusing the platform together is the VIA VX700 single-chip core-logic. The VIA VX700 delivers UniChrome Pro II AGP graphics with integrated LVDS and DVI interfaces. The UniChrome Pro II AGP graphics core features MPEG-2, MPEG-4 and WMV9 hardware acceleration. VIA pairs the UniChrome Pro II AGP graphics core with an optional VT1625M television encoder for composite and S-Video output capabilities.
Also included is Via Vinyl audio, IDE and SATA interfaces as well as USB headers. The performance capabilities versus its power draw will be most interesting, especially in light of Intel's recent interest in ultra-low-power processing. You can read the full press release at Via's site.

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