VIA, long known to the arch rival of NVIDIA for it's desktop chipsets launches it's VIA Nano processor (Isaiah) and a new standard for small form factor motherboards, Mini-ITX 2.0.
At the show, Nvidia's general manager of MCP business, Drew Henry, witnessed the announcement and showed support for it's reported cooperation with VIA where VIA CPUs will work with NVIDIA chipsets. VIA also announce the new mini ITX 2.0 specification to challenge Intel. The mini ITX 2.0 has a requirement of a PCI Express x16 slot for expansion, and support for 2GB DDR2 memory as a minimum. It will need to support DX9 with Windows Vsita capable certification. Other specifications include a min of 4 usb ports, GbE, 2 SATA and 1 IDE. It will still measure 170×170mm as defined by the original Mini-ITX spec. The specification is more relaxed as compared to Intel's ATOM platform which restrict manufacturers to one DIMM and PCI interface only.