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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.


VIA 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.


VIA EPIA Mini-ITX Case Mods and Car PC Projects

With the I/O ports as the tallest components on the board (including the CPU cooler), the Mini-ITX mainboard is also becoming increasingly popular among the rapidly emerging enthusiast user group. The small size, quiet operation and low profile of the VIA EPIA Mini-ITX makes it ideal for moving the PC to different parts of the home, from stylish case modifications for the living room to in-car PCs. With the VIA EPIA Mini-Itx, your imagination is its only limitation!

Check out our latest user submitted ultra-cool Case Mods and Car PC projects for the VIA EPIA Mini-ITX:

Mini-ITX Projects Related Pages
» Mini-ITX Projects » Mini-ITX Showcase Projects
» Mini-ITX Case Mods Showcases » Mini-ITX Car PC Showcases

Mini-ITX 2.0

In 2008, VIA set out to redefine the Mini-ITX standard for small form factor desktop systems, to ensure an optimized multimedia and computing experience in mini PCs.

Mini-ITX 2.0 is a set of minimum specifications for the next generation of Mini-ITX boards to encourage the integration of the latest PC technologies into the small form factor PC market. Mini-ITX 2.0 also provides OEMs, system integrators and end-users alike greater freedom of choice in configuring mini PCs and home media centers to deliver an optimized graphics, high definition video, and computing experience. Learn more.

Mini-ITX Related Links

VIA's Own Sites
» VIA Arena VIA Support Site with Mini-ITX news, reviews, projects and more
» VIA EPIA Mini-ITX Design Wins Products using the VIA EPIA Mini-ITX mainboards
» VIA EPIA Mini-ITX Projects Case mods and car PC articles and links
» VIA EPIA Mini-ITX Reviews Various reviews from the web

Enthusiast and Online Community Web Sites
» Mini-ITX.com Mini-ITX news, reviews, hardware suppliers, case mods and more
» EPIACenter.com Mini-ITX community, news, board and case reviews, projects and more
» EPIACenter.de German Mini-ITX community and news site
» Epia-Forums.org Mini-ITX forums on a comprehensive range of topics
» Linitx.org Community site for Linux on Mini-ITX
» LinuxDevices.com Community site for Linux on Mini-ITX

Retailers
» VIAArena Database with list of companies who sell VIA EPIA Mini-ITX mainboards and other Mini-ITX related products for the convenience of private individuals, resellers, retailers and companies looking for complete solutions

Resources

VIA Mini-ITX Form Factor white paper
VIA EPIA DP-310 white paper
VIA Mini-ITX Form Factor image kit (mixed)


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