VIA EPIA-P720 Pico-ITX Motherboard Plays 1080p Passively Cooled & Fits in the Palm of your Hand

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Shalbatana

 Though there's no mention of std def. the ability to play it is miniscule compared to HD 1080p, and can probably be handled through software. Though the presention mentions public displays, not htpc's, so I'm curious if they think it would be good as such. If so then I think this is an insanely awesome product. One major issue with htpc's is the size of the box. Now you can have one the size of your $30 dvd player.

My interest is piqued.

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nlandas

   This isn't necessarily about the EPIA but the world of HTPC in general. We all need to push the FCC for a new open HD tuning standard. NTSC being open is what allowed the market to develop all kinds of AV technology. All of which could tune normal TV broadcasts. With the advent of HD broadcast, each cable/sattellite company has been alowed to use it's own closed tuning standards.

    Requiring the public to rent cable boxes, PVR, etc. strait from them while excluding vendors from making products capable of tuning into the channels they provide. All under the guise of preventing channel theft, when in reality leading to exclusionary marketing of their own products. 

    We should be able to build a HTPC using software like BeyondTv, SageTV or Media Center and be able to buy an off the shelf tuner to tune any channels that we pay for.

 Perhaps, CableCard 2.0 is the answer but IMNSHO the FCC needs to force all cable/sattellite providers to support one tuning standard and any vendor needs to be able to build support into their product for that standard. Unlike the current CableCard debacle where only pre-built BIOS certified systems are allowed.

 The end result is that you can't afford a cable card PC and it locks the average person out of building a HTPC to tune HD content. This is anti-competitive and will lead to less products being available in the HD tuning arena.

 We are all stuck with using the "analog hole" to be able to tune HD content. Come on FCC, it's one thing to allow protection to content - it's another to allow the cable/sattellite providers to force us all to buy not only their service but also their hardware. I hope that together we can all turn some heads.

 If you have time, write the FCC today to call for an opening of HD tuning standards to the public.

 

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Yusonice

Whats the point of small motherboards? Adding Sata will make it bigger. I think its best to stick to micro atx with good casing. its economical too. Motherboards are all so flat and dont occupy much volume!

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Havok

 While mobos are flat, a gpu isn't. And rolling with mATX is still large. (as in the sese that your HTPC is about the size of an old XBOX :P)This type of PC would own at my place. My parents would love this for a computer. Theoretically, you could make an HTPC, oh say the size of a Gamecube, about the size of a lunch box.

 

 

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logicmaster2003

yea I think Taiwanese technology is leveling with that of Japanese / Korean's. In my opinion, this is the real breakthru that will replace PC-based HomeEntertainmentCenter (not Gamer PC).  Its got ethernet port so samba user is sold on this, and, its got usb port so all usb-harddrive-collector will be sold on this as well. But the best thing I liek about this.. no FAN and low power consumption ! 

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nsk chaos

sounds like this mobo is like the perfect htpc mobo - at least on a term of size - that only does what an htpc should do...

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Elucidate

As long as the heat issues are equally solved, as these mobo get smaller, the application of these devices will expanded into so many aspects, it will be very interesting to watch.

Given how computers seem to be taking two directions, computational power, and size.  I'd like to see MPC start assessing CPU and MOBO stats for both the ATX and high end CPU's and the Pico, Nano, etc. and the miniaturized low voltage cpu's (but still ranking them based on computational speeds, not just how small or low voltage they can run)

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QUINTIX256

But can it play YouTube HD? Can it even do YouTube High Quality?

Seriously, just about all video that isn't ripped, stolen, or loaded from an optical disc is played though a flash video player that does all the video decoding in software, hd or not.

When will adobe finally take advantage of hardware video?

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visibly_stealthy

 People need to start thinking in a broader spectrum..........think about it like this maybe someone wants only to have, as maxPC has already said, a home theatre pc. This can probably be had at a fraction of the price it would take to build a new computer or to even just upgrade your current gpu. Do you think someone that wants to only play hd video is gonna want to pay all that extra$?

 

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logicmaster2003

how come they (taiwan) had to hire a caucasian to do the speaking  ? They should start loving their own race - looks isnt everything !

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-it-

i think its cuz most taiwanese people who speak english, speak chingish. 

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The1jchr1st1an

yea, they want to tell the world about it not each other.

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zulfy26

It can play HD Video, but that's probably about all it can do.  Try to play any DirectX/OpenGL games and it would crumble.

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mattman059

Thats great.....but can it play Crysis?

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MeTo

Who cares? If you want to play Crysis buy a real computer. Nothing i heard saw or read indicated that this was to play games. Get over Crysis.

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popstop785

I'm pretty sure it was a joke.

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mattman059

It was totally a joke....some people are just hard asses..lol..

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MeTo

Joke's are supposed to be funny not stupid. lol

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mattman059

Maybe its not the joke thats stupid....

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bikerbub

that chipset on a normal board might be able to, but not with that 1.0Ghz proc!

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