Via Technologies, which is best known for its power efficient x86 processor platforms, is now looking to take advantage of the increasing popularity of touch screen devices with a new product aimed at intelligent display applications. Dubbed VIPRO VP7710, this fanless embedded system runs on either a 1.6GHz VIA Eden or 1.0GHz C7 processor with up to 1GB of DDR2 RAM, and is supposed to fit into a wall or a kiosk.
The system is integrated into a chassis built from aluminum and steel with a 10.4-inch touch screen panel claimed to meet IP65 standards for water and dust resistance. Connectivity includes gigabit Ethernet, optional Wi-Fi, two USB 2.0 ports, three COM ports, PS/2 support, HD audio and VGA.
The VP7710 aimed at developers rather than end users, according to the company, targeting commercial applications such as home automation, ticketing, ATM, vending and information kiosks but it is likely to prompt some interest from the do-it-yourself crowd as well. The new system is compatible with Windows XP or CE 6.0 and Linux, but may also be able to run the forthcoming Windows 7 which includes built-in support for touch-based displays.