VIA has made a living by cramming big features onto small packages, and that's certainly the case with the company's new EITX-3001. Built around the Em-ITX form factor, VIA's fanless next-gen device measures just 17cm (W) x 12cm (L) and sports a trumped up feature set.
"With the VIA EITX-3001 we're offering a full-featured board that is the ideal starting point for much slimmer, fanless and rugged devices," said Daniel Wu, Vice President, VIA Embedded Platform Division, VIA Technologies, Inc. "The VIA EITX-3001 combines versatility with ruthless stability at extreme temperatures in a form factor that is ideal for space constrained industrial and commercial environments."
The tiny board sports the latest VIA Nano E-Series processor clocked at 1.3GHz and pairs it with the company's VX855 media system processor. Between the two, the EITX-3001 is able to handle 1080p HD video. It also comes with integrated Chrome9 HCM graphics, five USB 2.0 host ports, Gigabit networking, support for 5-wire/4-wire resistive touch interface connectors, and HDMI.
AMD and Nvidia typically hog the limelight in the graphics arena, but lest we forget, a company called S3 is still churning out GPUs. On Friday, S3 unveiled the latest addition to its Chrome Series graphics line, the Chrome 5000E-based eH1 designed for harsh environments and industrial grade systems.
"S3 Graphics continues to introduce new graphics technologies to the embedded market, adding a fanless, ultra low power, and feature-rich product to our growing portfolio of embedded solutions," said Dr. Ken Weng, GM for S3 Graphics. "Our new Chrome eH1 card makes PC grade product features accessible to the broader embedded arena, allowing our embedded partners to easily incorporate the very latest multimedia technologies in their product offerings."
Those multimedia technologies Weng speaks of include DirectX 10.1, OpenGL 3.1, Open GL ES 2.0, OpenVG 1.1 (2D vector graphics), and HD video decoding courtesy of S3's ChromotionHD 2.0 video processor unit (VPU). The card also features DVI, HDMI, DisplayPort, and VGA ports.
A pair of Intel executives today outlined Intel's latest system-on-chip (SoC) products for embedded applications. The big news here is that an upcoming SoC product will be built around Intel's Atom architecture and, for the first time, let other companies create PCI Express compliant devices that connect directly to the chip, Intel said.
Code named Tunnel Creek, Intel envisions the upcoming SoC being used for in-vehicle infotainment and IP media phones. It's a highly integrated part that combines an Atom processor core, memory controller hub, and graphics and video engine all onto a single chip.
According to Intel, the GPU crams 50 percent more graphics performance than existing Menlow chipsets, and as a bonus, it's also smaller and cheaper to produce. Even still, things like hardware video encode acceleration and active noise cancellation DSP has been added in.
Look for Tunnel Creek to arrive by the end of the year.