VIA Launches Ultra Low Power VIA EPIA CN Mini-ITX Mainboard

VIA EPIA CN Series mainboard embodies VIA’s “embedded made easy” approach, featuring the VIA C7 processor with dual monitor output, DDR2 and extended connectivity for embedded devices

Taipei, Taiwan, 1 June 2006 – VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator and developer of silicon chip technologies and PC platform solutions, today announced the VIA EPIA CN-Series Mini-ITX mainboards, the latest in the range of VIA C7 processor-based ultra compact platforms boasting an average power consumption of just 16 watts.

With VIA’s hallmark rich integration in the ultra compact Mini-ITX form factor, the VIA EPIA CN mainboard is a flagship example of VIA’s “embedded made easy” philosophy to small form factor computing that enables developers to bring powerful digital media appliances products to market simply and quickly. Initiated with its introduction of the Mini-ITX form factor in 2002, this philosophy has been part of VIA’s proactive efforts to offer more affordable and flexible embedded computing products.

Boasting the highly power efficient VIA C7 processor at speeds of 1GHz or 1.3GHz, along with the VIA CN700 digital media chipset integrating the VIA UniC-Pro 2D/3D graphics with hardware MPEG-2 acceleration, dual monitor support, VIA Vinyl Multi-channel Audio, a PCI legacy port, support for up to 1GB of DDR2 400/533MHz memory and SATA II RAID, the VIA EPIA CN mainboard sets new standards for small form factor innovation.

“The VIA EPIA CN mainboard is a model embedded space workhorse that makes possible rapid development for a wide spectrum of applications,” said Daniel Wu, Head of VIA Embedded Platform Division, VIA Technologies, Inc. “As the world advances towards a totally digital lifestyle, the role of highly integrated, ultra compact x86 platforms becomes ever more important, and our VIA EPIA mainboards are helping to drive this transition.”

Based on the advanced VIA CoolStream™ Architecture and manufactured using the state-of-the-art 90nm process, the VIA C7 processor together with the VIA EPIA CN mainboard offers a highly energy efficient platform that includes VIA PowerSaver 3.0 technology and reduces memory power consumption by over 50% through DDR2 support to make possible leading performance per watt.

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

About the VIA EPIA CN-Series Mini-ITX mainboard

Designed to inspire a new generation of powerful digital media appliances, the powerful and flexible VIA EPIA CN Mini-ITX mainboard is available with either the 1.3GHz or 1.0GHz VIA C7 processor and boasts the ultra efficient VIA V4 bus interface and VIA CN700 digital media chipset.

The VIA EPIA CN Mini-ITX sets new standards for feature completeness and flexibility to make embedded development easy. Its feature set includes the VIA UniC-Pro IGP graphics processor that offers users smooth and crystal clear video using MPEG-2 hardware acceleration and the C-Motion CE engine with DuoView+, 6-channel audio, a legacy PCI port, S-Video & RCA outputs as well as serial, parallel and USB ports for unparalleled connectivity options. Also supported by the ultra compact mainboard is up to 1GB of DDR2 400/533MHz memory, native SATA II RAID 0 and 1, and 10/100Mb/s broadband Ethernet.

Integrated into the VIA C7 processor is the world’s most advanced x86 hardware security, the VIA PadLock Security Engine. Featuring the world’s fastest x86 AES encryption engine, VIA PadLock offers a comprehensive sets of tools to enable developers to seamlessly offload the computational process involved in complex security algorithms freeing processor load to handle more data faster.

VIA EPIA CN Mini-ITX Availability

The VIA EPIA CN-Series Mini-ITX mainboard has entered mass production and will be available in limited quantities through authorized distributors in early June. 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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