VIA this week announced its next generation EPIA-M720 mini-ITX board with an embedded 1GHz C7 processor. The C7 is a x86 chip that runs in tandem with VIA's VX900 MSP. Along with improved connectivity options and modern features like DDR3 memory support and a SATA II interface, the new board serves as an upgrade from VIA's EPIA-LN.
The new board measures a scant 17cm x 17cm and is a fanless solution with ultra low power requirements. VIA's ChromotionHD 2.0 video processor does the heavy lifting for HD video, and the system also supports HD audio and HDMI output. Rounding out the spec sheet are two USB 2.0 ports, three USB 2.0 pin headers for six additional USB ports, GbE LAN, VGA port, COM port, SPDIF out, and support for both Windows 7 and Windows Embedded 7.
VIA's marketing the EPIA-M720 towards advanced digital signage, POS, kiosk, ATM, home automation, healthcare, and media client system design applications.