VIA Mini-ITX Mainboard Form Factor: 17cm x 17cm
The Mini-ITX mainboard form factor is a highly integrated
native x86 mainboard measuring only 170mm x 170mm and
enables the development of an infinite variety of small
form factor PC systems. More than 33% smaller than the
FlexATX mainboard form factor, the Mini-ITX is aimed
at the development of Thin-Clients, wireless network
devices, digital media systems, set-top boxes and more.
The Mini-ITX mainboard successfully integrates various
combinations of readily-available chipset and processor
components from VIA that come with rich feature sets
that include ultra low power native x86 processors,
onboard LAN and various integrated AGP graphics and
audio options. Further enhancing its versatility, the
Mini-ITX mainboard can include CompactFlash and CardBus
slots, TV-Out connector, SPDIF 5.1 audio, USB 2.0, 1394
(Firewire), integrated MPEG2/MPEG4 decoding, support
for up to DDR400, Serial ATA and much more.
A key advantage of the Mini-ITX mainboard is that it
is based on the low power VIA processor platform that
comprises of either a VIA C3® processor or a fanless
VIA Eden™ ESP processor, together with a choice of highly
integrated VIA chipsets and VIA companion chips.
VIA processor platforms are unique in that the workload
is shared across the whole platform rather than being
focused on the CPU, i.e. platform centric as apposed
to CPU centric. Due to their low power consumption,
these platforms generate less heat and therefore require
less active cooling, allowing the use of quieter, lower
profile coolers that are better suited to the ergonomic,
small form factor systems that have more application
flexibility than the more traditional tower PC.
EPIA Mini-ITX Mainboard from VIA Embedded Platform Division
Through its mainboard business unit VIA Embedded, VIA produce
the VIA EPIA Mini-ITX Mainboard for small, quiet PCs
ranging from silent desktops to digital media rich Hi-Fi
and entertainment PCs. You can download high and low
resolution pictures, BIOS, drivers, manuals, and datasheets
for VIA EPIA Mini-ITX mainboards from the VIA Embedded website.
Trailblazing into an exciting new market, there is
an increasing number of independent chassis, power supplies
and other accessories manufacturers for the Mini-ITX
form factor. For information on where
to buy VIA Embedded Mini-ITX mainboard as well as information
on what chassies are available, please go to the VIA
Arena web site or contact our VIA
Embedded channel partners from the VIA Embedded web site.