VIA ALTA DS Receives Scala Android Player Certification

Provides ultra-compact all-in-one solution for Android digital signage deployments across a broad spectrum of applications

Taipei, Taiwan, 10 February, 2015 – VIA Technologies, Inc, today announced that the VIA ALTA DS Android media player has obtained Scala Android Player, Scala Android HTML Player, and Scala Android HTML Enhanced Player certification.

“We’re excited that VIA ALTA DS meets the exacting performance and compatibility requirements for Scala certification,” commented Epan Wu, Head of VIA Embedded. “The combination of Scala’s market-leading Android player software with the VIA ALTA DS provides the ideal solution for Android signage deployments across a broad spectrum of retail, hospitality, education, and entertainment environments.”

“We’re delighted to add the VIA ALTA DS to our list of certified media players,” said Peter Cherna, Chief Product Officer, Scala. Together Scala and VIA can address the growing demand for Android signage solutions using a fanless ultra-compact system with robust reliability and outstanding HD video playback performance.”

The VIA ALTA DS system is sleek, energy-efficient Android system with an ergonomic space-saving design that measures just 18cm x 12cm x 2.5cm. Powered by a VIA Cortex-A9 SoC with advanced 2D/3D graphics and HD video playback capabilities, the system comes with 1GB DDR3 SDRAM and up to 16GB eMMC Flash memory onboard. Other key features include:

  • HDMI and VGA (optional) ports
  • Four USB 2.0 ports
  • One 10/100 Ethernet port
  • Audio-out/Mic-in
  • Auto power on when plugged in
  • Optional Wi-Fi card

The VIA ALTA DS also comes with a signage software solution pack to enable customers to develop their own proprietary value-adds. In addition to featuring Android 4.0.3, this integrates the VIA Smart ETK comprising a number of APIs, including Watchdog Timer (WDT) for safeguarding against system crashes, WOL, RTC wake-up, and a sample app.

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About Scala

Scala has a passion for creating intelligent digital signage solutions that move employees, consumers, and products. Driving more than 500,000 screens worldwide, our solutions increase sales, improve brand loyalty, optimize the customer experience, and reinforce business objectives.

Scala is known for its innovation and leveraging best-of-breed technologies such as mobile and predictive analytics to create award-winning solutions that are easy-to-use yet infinitely customizable to meet our clients’ unique needs. Our solutions can be found all over the globe across multiple industries. Our software powers the digital communications of companies like Rabobank, IKEA, Bloomberg, Tommy Hilfiger, Burger King, TMobile, Virgin Megastores, Disneyland Resort Paris, McDonald’s, Warner Bros., Mercedes-Benz, DNB, Hard Rock Hotel, Shell, Esso, Ericsson and IBC-13.

Scala is headquartered near Philadelphia, Pa., with multiple subsidiaries across Europe and Asia, and over 500 partners in more than 90 countries. For more information, visit:

About VIA Technologies, Inc.

VIA Technologies, Inc is a global leader in the development of highly-integrated embedded platform and system solutions for M2M, IoT, and Smart City applications, ranging from video walls and digital signage to healthcare and industrial automation. 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 many world’s leading hi-tech, telecommunications, consumer electronics industry brand names.

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