The VIA EPIA-P720 Pico-ITX board features the latest VIA VX855 media system processor. The board offers smooth playback of the latest HD video formats (up to 1080p resolution) for next-generation digital interactive devices. The VIA EPIA-P720 enables a new class of extremely compact embedded devices that can comfortably handle the most demanding video playback whilst remaining entirely fanless. The VIA EPIA-P720 measures only 10cm x 7.2cm. It is based on the ultra compact Pico-ITX form factor.
The VIA EPIA-P720 board is powered by a low power, fanless 1GHz VIA Eden ULV processor. The module supports up to 2GB of DDR2 system memory and is the first Pico-ITX board to feature the VIA VX855 Media System Processor. With the VIA EPIA-P720, the VIA VX855 MSP takes the video decompression burden from the central processor, applying industry-leading hardware acceleration for the most compression-intensive codecs, including H.264, VC1, WMV9 and MPEG 2/4, at display resolutions up to 1080p. The VIA EPIA-P720 also includes several display connectivity options including native HDMI, VGA and LVDS support.
A highly integrated, all-in-one chipset, the VIA VX855 MSP is specially designed to provide flawless hardware acceleration for the latest HD video codecs including H.264, WMV, VC1 and MPEG 2/4 at high bitrates and display resolutions of up to 1080p. The VIA Chrome9 HCM 3D integrated graphics core boasts full DirectX 9.0 support and a 128-bit 2D engine with hardware rotation capability.
The VIA EPIA-P720 uses the VIA P720-A I/O add-on-board. The VIA P720-A complements the native HDMI port to add a VGA port, a Gigabit LAN port, and two USB 2.0 ports. The VIA Vinyl HD audio codec provides 6 channel, DTS capable audio with S/PDIF support. Storage is provided in the shape of an onboard 44-pin IDE connector and one S-ATA port. On board pin headers provide support for an additional 4 x USB 2.0 ports, an LPC connector, SMBus connector, PS/2 support, audio jacks, LVDS, 4 pairs of DIO, and two UART ports.
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