VIA Announces EPIA Mini-ITX Platform For x86 Consumer Electronics

"VIA Technologies today announced the VIA EPIA EX-Series Mini-ITX mainboards, the first of VIA's compact platforms to feature the new VIA CX700M2 system media processor."

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Author: PV5150
Source: VIA Technologies

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VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator and developer of silicon chip technologies and PC platform solutions, today announced the VIA EPIA EX-Series Mini-ITX mainboards, the first of VIA's compact platforms to feature the new VIA CX700M2 system media processor. Powered by the highly efficient 1.5GHz or fanless 1.0GHz VIA C7® processor, the VIA EPIA EX has an average operating power consumption of just 13.6 watts.

Specifically designed for the fast-growing x86-based consumer electronics market, the VIA EPIA EX mainboard features full consumer I/O, including ports for composite, component and S-Video, S/PDIF audio, and onboard connectors for LVDS and DVI displays, with USB2.0 and IEEE1394 peripheral connectivity, full featured SATA II RAID, and 10/100Mbps Fast Ethernet for seamless broadband connectivity, with a Gigabit Ethernet option.

The VIA EPIA EX also boasts the VIA CX700M2 advanced system media processor, an all-in-one digital media IGP chipset integrating the VIA UniChromeT Pro II 2D/3D graphics core and an extended array of high end video and audio technologies, including hardware decoding acceleration of MPEG-2/-4 and WMV9 video, a built-in HDTV encoder up to 1080i, 720p output, and VIA Vinyl Multi-channel HD audio for a richer listening experience.

"We see the consumer electronics market increasingly adopting the x86 platform for the extra performance and comprehensive compatibility with all popular media formats, and the fully integrated, off the shelf VIA EPIA EX fills this need perfectly," said Daniel Wu, Assistant Vice President, VIA Platform Solutions Division, VIA Technologies, Inc. "Leveraging the power efficient VIA processors and the extensive feature set of the VIA CX700M2 media system processor, the VIA EPIA EX speaks directly to the demands of CE developers."

Combining such a range of leading-edge features and the richly integrated VIA silicon platform onto an ultra compact mainboard reduces the need for add-in cards and compatibility testing, greatly reducing time to market and significantly lowering the total cost of development for SIs and OEMs.

More details about the VIA EPIA EX-series Mini-ITX mainboard may be found here

Information on the VIA CX700M system media processor can be found here

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28-12-2006, 17:50:27

nathan
I'm buying (in the near future) 4 500gb hard drives, does anyone know of a little program to work out the usable space. if i remember right you have to convert your space into bytes, then devide it by something, It would make the grey hairs slow down if there was a nice easy program to work it out. :P



ta mucho

28-12-2006, 18:10:41

MikeEnIke
You want a program like Partition Magic to partition it or am I misunderstanding?

28-12-2006, 18:19:16

nathan

You want a program like Partition Magic to partition it or am I misunderstanding?



misunderstanding matey, i dont want to partition format or anything.
when you buy say a 80GB hard drive, put it in, format it, it wont say there is 80GB space free, it will say something like 74.5GB free.
This is because hard drive manufactorers measure space in base 2 (i think) and we count in base 10. Therefor there is always a difference. i think you always loose 7% of the advertised space. not 100% sure though and my maths suck at 11pm (well, they always suck)

I'm trying to work out how much space i would loose with 4 500gb hard drives. in other words 2048Gb of space. I have a feeling i would loose around the 200GB mark.

28-12-2006, 18:22:36

Jim
I'll have a look for you in the morning, but i've always thought it was the case that hard disk manufacturers count 1mb as 1024kb whereas windows counts 1mb as 1000kb (megabytes vs mibibytes).

On top of that you'll also loose a % of the drive depending on what filesystem it's partitioned with and a small amount more on windows because it likes to leave 8mb unpartitioned at the end of the disk for some reason!

28-12-2006, 18:29:59

nathan

I'll have a look for you in the morning, but i've always thought it was the case that hard disk manufacturers count 1mb as 1024kb whereas windows counts 1mb as 1000kb (megabytes vs mibibytes).

On top of that you'll also loose a % of the drive depending on what filesystem it's partitioned with and a small amount more on windows because it likes to leave 8mb unpartitioned at the end of the disk for some reason!



it will be 1 partition (raid 0) in ntfs. cheers for your help matey

28-12-2006, 18:31:39

FragTek

28-12-2006, 20:01:21

macgamesrule
4 * 500 * (1000)^3 / (1024) ^3 = 1862.6GB. Of course this isn't taking into account the other bits XMS mentioned, but it's a decent estimate.

Quick rule of thumb I use is multiply # of GB by 0.93 (or in other words, subtract 7%), since that's the ratio of (1000/1024)^3. Gives 1860GB in this case.

28-12-2006, 20:52:04

nathan
wooo, my guestimate wasnt that far off, thanks matey, at least i know how to work it out in the future!

28-12-2006, 22:59:10

Hyper

4 * 500 * (1000)^3 / (1024) ^3 = 1862.6GB. Of course this isn't taking into account the other bits XMS mentioned, but it's a decent estimate.

Quick rule of thumb I use is multiply # of GB by 0.93 (or in other words, subtract 7%), since that's the ratio of (1000/1024)^3. Gives 1860GB in this case.


Reps left for that man, you learn something new everyday ;)
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