VIA Announces Pico-ITX Board that Plays h.264 1080p Video Flawlessly

Written by John Ponio    Thursday, 10 November 2011 18:36

VIA Pico ITX Motherboard

VIA has recently announced a Pico-ITX board that includes a dual-core 1.0 GHz EdenTM X2 x86 processor as well as 4GB of RAM. The real feat comes from the VIA VX900H MSP (media system processor) which promises to deliver the ability to play H.264, MPEG-2, VC-1, and WMV9 encoded 1080p video, and offers HDCP to play Blu-ray video. You might be wondering what exactly a pico-ITX motherboard is. Well, Pico is the name for the decimal 0.000 000 000 001. Of course, for the instance of this motherboard it is just a naming scheme. The actual size of it is 10cm x 7.2cm. Ports already on the board are 1 HDMI port, one VGA port, 2 USB 2.0 ports, and 1 Gigabit LAN port, and there are pins to support an additional 5 USB 2.0 ports, an LPC connector, SMBus connector, PS/2 support, audio jacks, LVDS, 4 pairs of DIO and two UART ports by means of expansion headers. Epan Wu, Head of the VIA Embedded Platform Division at VIA, said, "The VIA Pico-ITX allows embedded system design to pack unprecedented levels of performance into even smaller form factors. The new VIA EPIA-P900 opens up exciting new possibilities for innovation in ultra compact embedded designs." Assuming it gets a good price, this sounds like the ultimate home-theater personal computer. You can read the press release here and there are links to more images on that page.