VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86
processor platforms, today announced the VIA EPIA-P720 Pico-ITX board, which
takes advantage of the latest VIA VX855 media system processor to deliver
stunningly smooth playback of the latest HD video formats for next-generation
digital interactive devices.
"VIA continually strives to offer customers compelling product designs that
open up new worlds of possibility," said Daniel Wu, Vice President, VIA Embedded
Platform Division, VIA Technologies, Inc. "The VIA EPIA-P720 enables a new class
of extremely compact embedded devices that can comfortably handle the most
demanding video playback whilst remaining entirely fanless. No other compact
platform currently offers these features in tandem."
digital interactive devices give users a more immersive and enhanced experience,
employing high quality, high resolution video content. Using the latest video
compression technologies, like the increasingly popular H.264 codec, HD media
playback usually requires a substantial processing overhead, negating the
possibility of a completely fanless compact system.
With the VIA EPIA-P720, the VIA VX855 MSP takes the video decompression
burden from the central processor, applying industry-leading hardware
acceleration for the most compression-intensive codecs, including H.264, VC1,
WMV9 and MPEG 2/4, at display resolutions up to 1080p. The VIA EPIA-P720 also
boasts several display connectivity options including native HDMI, VGA and LVDS
The VIA EPIA-P720 - Small yet Powerful
Measuring a mere 10cm x 7.2cm, the
VIA EPIA-P720 is based on the VIA-developed, ultra compact Pico-ITX form factor.
Powered by a low power, fanless 1GHz VIA Eden ULV processor, the VIA EPIA-P720
supports up to 2GB of DDR2 system memory and is the first Pico-ITX board to
feature the VIA VX855 Media System Processor.
A highly integrated, all-in-one chipset, the VIA VX855 MSP is specially
designed to provide flawless hardware acceleration for the latest HD video
codecs including H.264, WMV, VC1 and MPEG 2/4 at high bitrates and display
resolutions of up to 1080p. The VIA Chrome9™ HCM 3D integrated graphics core
boasts full DirectX 9.0 support and a 128-bit 2D engine with hardware rotation
The VIA EPIA-P720 uses a specially designed I/O add-on-board, the VIA P720-A,
which complements the native HDMI port to add a VGA port, a Gigabit LAN port and
two USB 2.0 ports. The VIA Vinyl HD audio codec provides 6 channel, DTS capable
audio with S/PDIF support. Storage is provided in the shape of an onboard 44-pin
IDE connector and one S-ATA port.