VIA Launches Most Powerful EPIA Mainboard Ever; First to Feature VIA C7 Processor

VIA EPIA EN-Series Mini-ITX mainboard boasts 1.5GHz VIA C7 or 1.2GHz VIA Eden processor plus HDTV encoder, DDR2 support and Gigabit LAN

Taipei, Taiwan, 10 March 2005 – VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator and developer of silicon chip technologies and PC platform solutions, today announced the VIA EPIA EN-Series Mini-ITX mainboards, the first of VIA’s ultra compact platforms to feature the VIA C7 processor, making it the most powerful EPIA platform to date.

Designed to inspire a new generation of powerful digital media appliances, the VIA EPIA EN mainboard sets new standards for performance per watt and rich feature set, integrating the advanced VIA CN700 digital media IGP chipset that boasts an impressive range of features, including full hardware HDTV encoding up to 1080i, 720p output, hardware MPEG-2 acceleration, VIA Vinyl Multi-channel Audio, support for up to 1GB of DDR2 400/533MHz memory, full featured SATA II RAID, an LVDS module connector and Gigabit LAN.

By packing all these leading-edge features and rich VIA silicon platform onto an ultra compact mainboard, the VIA EPIA EN reduces the need for add-in cards and compatibility testing, slashing time to market and significantly lowering the total cost of development for SIs and OEMs. Additionally, the superior power efficiency of the processor and the platform enables ultra compact designs with a maximum power consumption of just 21 watts.

“The VIA EPIA EN mainboard presents a tremendous opportunity for our customers to take a powerful yet highly efficient all-in-one platform and create their next generation systems quickly and easily,” said Jerry Yeh, Associate Vice President, VIA Embedded Platform Division, VIA Technologies, Inc. “Easy-to-use small form factors are driving the proliferation and diversity of the x86 platform into new and exciting markets, and our VIA EPIA mainboards continue to be an integral part of this evolution.”

Utilizing the state-of-the-art 90nm manufacturing process, the onboard 1.5GHz VIA C7 or fanless 1.2GHz VIA Eden processor boasts exceptionally low average power consumption of less than 1 watt, and employs the proprietary bandwidth-efficient VIA V4 bus to deliver a solid performance increase of 80% in a complete range of applications over equivalent VIA C3 processors. The VIA processors also integrate the world’s most advanced native x86 security through the VIA PadLock Security Engine, offering real-time military-grade protection of data including the world’s fastest x86 AES, secure hash and dual quantum based random number generators, as well as anti-worm propagation support.

More information on the VIA EPIA EN Mini-ITX mainboard may be found on the VIA website

About the VIA EPIA EN-Series Mini-ITX Mainboard

Designed to meet the increasing demands of digital media computing appliances, the feature-packed VIA EPIA EN Mini-ITX mainboard is available with either the VIA C7 1.5GHz processor or fanless VIA Eden 1.2GHz processor supporting the highly efficient VIA V4 bus interface, combined with the VIA CN700 digital media IGP chipset for a wide range of embedded applications.

The VIA EPIA EN 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 UniC-Pro IGP integrated graphics processor that supports  hardware MPEG-2 acceleration and includes the C-Motion CE engine for crystal clear video, 6-channel audio, an LVDS module connector, S-Video & RCA outputs for unparalleled connectivity. Also supported by the VIA EPIA EN Mini-ITX mainboard is up to 1GB of DDR2 400/533MHz memory, a full featured native SATA II RAID 0, 1, and Gigabit Ethernet.

Integrated into the VIA C7 and VIA Eden processor supporting is the VIA PadLock Security Engine, the world’s most comprehensive collection native x86 security tools. Featuring the world’s fastest x86 AES encryption engine, a powerful secure hash engine, a hardware Montgomery Multiplier to accelerate public key encryption such as RSA, and dual quantum based random number generators to provide an unshakable foundation for security, the VIA PadLock Security Engine enables developers to seamlessly offload the computational process involved in complex encryption algorithms freeing processor loading to handle more data faster. The security engine also offers NX Execute protection to prevent the propagation of worms.

VIA EPIA EN Mini-ITX Availability

The VIA EPIA EN-Series Mini-ITX mainboard has entered mass production and will be available in limited quantities through authorized distributors this month. For pricing and availability, please contact your local VIA sales representative or send an email to:

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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