VIA EPIA Mainboard Powers MacroSystem ‘Enterprise’ Advanced Home Entertainment System

Sophisticated digital media center, PVR and set top box rolled into one easy-to-use complete home entertainment system

Taipei, Taiwan, 6 September 2005 – VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator and developer of silicon chip technologies and PC platform solutions, today announced that VIA EPIA Mini-ITX mainboards have been selected by MacroSystem, a renowned developer of high-end video solutions, to power its new ‘ Enterprise ‘ home entertainment system.

Combining the functionality of a digital TV-Receiver, Pay TV box, HDD-based DVD Recorder, DVD and CD player, as well as the family’s music library into one easy-to-use, quiet-running system, the MacroSystem Enterprise is ideal for the discerning consumer’s living room. The Enterprise is being demonstrated at IFA in Berlin until September 7, in Hall 01.1, Stand 227.

The MacroSystem Enterprise is targeted at prosumers and demanding home users looking for the highest quality yet stylish home entertainment centre with the richest feature set. Passively cooled and housed in a particularly elegant black, white or blue glass-front chassis, the Enterprise is based on the energy efficient VIA EPIA Mini-ITX mainboard and comes equipped with the highly integrated Philips Nexperia multimedia chip.

Advanced features such as the loss-free recording of up to eight TV channels simultaneously on the hard drive, direct recording of films to DVD, extensive search and sort of music files, powerful pay-TV support, and multiple program guide views are enhanced by leading-edge features such as multi-channel audio, language selection and chapter setting, making the Enterprise home entertainment system one of the most exciting personal electronics devices on the market.

“The ‘Enterprise’ system truly reflects our philosophy of designing for the discriminating consumer, incorporating a superior range of digital media functionality into a stylish system, all built upon the versatile VIA EPIA mainboard,” said Joerg Doering, Member of the Board, MacroSystem Digital Video AG. “We are very pleased with the power efficiency and compatibility of VIA’s native x86 mainboards in providing a platform for the Enterprise, and are already looking ahead to adopt future VIA platforms such as the new VIA C7 processors into next generation consumer electronics devices.”

“We are delighted that our VIA EPIA mainboards have been adopted by MacroSystem, one of the most respected companies in the video editing market, for this exciting home entertainment system,” commented Michal Lisiecki, European Marketing Manager at VIA Technologies, Inc. “With the A/V industry transition to digitization almost complete, our richly integrated x86 platforms are increasingly underpinning the digital media revolution.”

About the MacroSystem ‘Enterprise’ Home Entertainment System

The MacroSystem Enterprise comes with two integrated DVB-S/T/V tuners, 250GB hard drive, multi-format DVD burner, S/PDIF, multiple display formats support, comprehensive remote control, large and high-resolution front display, and much more, and combines the functionality of several digital home electronics devices:

Digital TV:
  • Timer recorder with up to 8 simultaneous recordings, series recordings
  • Program spanning Timeshift, including Instant Replay
  • Powerful Pay-TV support
  • 5 different EPG views, fast channel changing
  • TV channel sorted in accordance with TV guides
  • Videotext with comprehensive page cache >10.000 pages
  • Multi-channel audio, HDTV-ready
Digital Radio:
  • One-button record or via timer onto hard-drive
  • 5 different EPG views
  • Multi-channel audio
  • Pay-Radio support with display of song title and artist information
  • LCD panel eliminates need for separate monitor or TV
  • Smooth playback of CDs and DVDs (audio, commercial & MP3 CDs)
  • Extremely fast menu build-up, menu and chapter selection and change
  • Remembers the last playback position for a large number of DVD tracks
Video Library:
  • Loss-free recording onto hard-drive and DVD including EPG information
  • Up to 3 sound tracks during TV recordings
  • Multiple-channel sound
  • Menu creation for DVDs
  • Databank with features like search, sort according to genre, date, etc
Music Library:
  • Import Audio CDs, archive them and play
  • Databank with automatic recognition of titles and artists
  • Extensive sorting methods
  • Creation of playback lists, and Audio/MP3 CDs and DVDs
Video and Photo Editing:
  • Video editing with MacroSystem Casablanca software Smart Edit
  • Photo-Studio for archiving, editing and presenting digital photos

Extensive add-on software available

About MacroSystem

MacroSystem of Germany is a pioneer in the field of digital video technology, such as MPEG-2 and DVD applications, and specializes in video editing solutions. The MacroSystem Casablanca range offers solutions for ambitious amateurs and for those working at professional and semi-professional level.

The vision of MacroSystem places video editing as strongly combined with TV, making television sets the right place for video editing and viewing. MacroSystem aims to continue occupying its special position on the market, bringing out the most technologically sophisticated video editing solutions.

MacroSystem PR Contact

International: Christian Schmoheil
Phone: +49 2335 960 174

About VIA Technologies, Inc.

VIA Technologies, Inc. (TSE 2388) is the foremost fabless supplier of market-leading core logic chipsets, low power x86 processors, advanced connectivity, multimedia, networking and storage silicon, and complete platform solutions that are driving system innovation in the PC and embedded markets. Headquartered in Taipei, Taiwan, VIA’s global network links the high tech centers of the US, Europe and Asia , and its customer base includes the world’s top OEMs, motherboard vendors and system integrators.

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