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.