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VIA Announces First Quad Core Embedded ARM Based Pico-ITX Board

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VIA VAB-820 combines rugged design with cutting-edge performance for advanced industrial, energy management and in-vehicle devices

Taipei, Taiwan, 24th October, 2013 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient computing platforms, today announced the quad core VIA VAB-820 Pico-ITX embedded ARM board. Featuring a 1GHz quad core Freescale iMX6Quad ARM Cortex-A9 processor, the VIA VAB-820 is optimized for both power and performance to meet the high-end demands of advanced industrial, energy management and in-vehicle applications.

The rugged VIA VAB-820 supports a wide operating temperature range from -20 to 70 degrees Celsius in an ultra-low TDP envelope of only 7W and is backed with up to seven years longevity support.

Leveraging VIA's hardware design expertise, the VIA VAB-820 delivers the highest I/O integration with superb multimedia features, including three independent, fully-integrated GPUs, in an ultra-compact yet highly-flexible platform for the latest embedded devices. Featuring capture-in support, the VIA VAB-820 is also ideal for surveillance and building access systems and features optional PoE (power over Ethernet) for seamless network integration.

The VIA VAB-820 is available with board support packages (BSPs) for Android and Ubuntu operating systems, enabling customers to take advantage of VIA's worldwide embedded software development expertise to quickly create customized designs for a fast time to market approach.

"The VIA VAB-820 delivers our most powerful ARM-based platform for customers to leverage in developing innovative new connected devices," said Epan Wu, Head of the VIA Embedded Platform Division, VIA Technologies, Inc. "As a leader in hardware and software support, VIA provides our customers the fastest path to market with the availability of starter kits, customization support, or offering complete systems for different applications."

VIA VAB-820 Pico-ITX

Based on the ultra compact Pico-ITX form factor, measuring 10 cm x 7.2 cm, the VIA VAB-820 combines a 1GHz quad core Freescale iMX6Quad ARM Cortex-A9 processor in a rugged, power efficient platform with a mere 7W TDP. Including dual independent display support and three independent, fully integrated GPUS, which provide the smoothest 3D/2D graphics acceleration for full HD playback support of the most demanding video formats, the VAB-820 offers outstanding multimedia performance.

Dual coastline I/O includes one HDMI port, two USB 2.0 ports, one MicroSD slot and one Gigabit Ethernet port. On-board features include up to 64GB eMMC Flash memory, 1GB DDR3 SDRAM, one USB 2.0 host port, one USB OTG port, one Mini PCI-e, two COM port pin headers, one CANbus, one dual channel LVDS connector, one S-video pin header and eight GPIO pin headers.

For more information about the VIA VAB-800 Pico-ITX, please visit: http://www.viaembedded.com/en/products/boards/2150/1/VAB-820_(Pico-ITX).html.

About VIA Technologies, Inc.

VIA Technologies, Inc is the foremost fabless supplier of power efficient x86 processor platforms that are driving system innovation in the PC, client, ultra mobile and embedded markets. Combining energy-saving processors with digital media chipsets and advanced connectivity, multimedia and networking silicon enables a broad spectrum of computing and communication platforms, including its widely acclaimed ultra compact mainboards. Headquartered in Taipei, Taiwan, VIA's global network links the high tech centers of the US, Europe and Asia, and its customer base includes the world's top OEMs and system integrators. www.via.com.tw.