VIA Technologies introduced the Em-ITX form factor for embedded system developers. The Em-ITX form factor is a new open industry standard that is 30% more compact than Mini-ITX, yet offers 200% more I/O real estate. The new form factor measures 12cm x 17cm. Em-ITX form factor boards are ideal for industrial automation, digital signage, kiosk and other applications requiring an ultra-slim embedded device. Products based on the Em-ITX form factor will be available in early April.
Em-ITX Form Factor Features
Dual I/O Coastlines
The VIA Em-ITX form factor specification features dual I/O coastlines. I/O inputs are located on both 17cm edges of the board. This reduces cable clutter facilitating even more compact and robust designs while also boosting signal integrity and improving airflow. A variety of connectors are available on these two I/O coastlines, including COM (RS-232/422/485), RJ45, DVI, VGA, LVDS, USB 2.0, and DC power signals.
Modular Expansion through Em-IO Bus
The Em-ITX form factor utilizes the Em-IO expansion bus to integrate with stackable, customizable, expansion modules. The Em-IO expansion bus integrates the majority of popular bus signal technologies, including USB 2.0, GPIO, LPC, PCIe, IDE, IEEE 1394, S-ATA, PCI, DVI, HDMI, Gigabit Ethernet, and Card Bus signals.
Faster Time to Market Cycles
VIA offers expansion modules that cover a variety of industrial applications — including networked applications, multimedia display, kiosk, POI, and POS applications. The expansion modules bring all the advantages of custom designed boards without the necessary development time.
More info: VIA Technologies, Inc.