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Date: December 13th, 2002
Article by: Burt Carver (Hardware Reviewer & Newsposter)
Product was donated by: VIA Technologies
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Company Profile

Head Office Corporate Information

The VIA Platform Solutions Division (VPSD) is an autonomous new business unit established by VIA. Its aim is to provide our customers with a complete set of innovative platform building blocks for building high quality, high performance servers, workstations, PCs, and Total Connectivity devices that meet the needs of all market segments.

VPSD products include both mainboards and reference system designs such as the Information PC and InformationStation. Based on VIA's industry-leading chipset technologies, they not only deliver the highest levels of performance and reliability, but also come with the most advanced features and technologies such as DDR266 SDRAM support. As a result, VPSD products help OEMs and System Integrators increase their competitiveness by speeding up product time to market and reducing validation cycles.

Product Introduction


The VIA EPIA M-Series Mini-ITX Mainboard is a revolutionary, ultra-compact x86 platform optimized for today's killer digital applications. At just 17cm x 17cm, Mini-ITX is the world's smallest native x86 mainboard platform, and is fully compatible with Microsoft® and Linux Operating Systems. Available with an embedded VIA Eden™ ESP processor core for fanless systems with ultra low-power requirements, or an embedded VIA C3™ E-Series processor for more demanding digital multimedia applications, the EPIA M-Series is the perfect platform for a whole range of small form factor, low-power digital media devices and home entertainment centers.

Product Specification

Let's see what VIA is saying about their motherboard and what is displayed on their website.

VIA EPIA-M Mainboard Specification
The ultimate platform for the next generation of innovative digital media devices and home entertainment centers.
Processor - VIA C3/EDEN EBGA Processor
Chipset
- VIA CLE266 North Bridge
- VT8235 South Bridge
System Memory
- 1 DDR266 DIMM socket
- Up to 1GB memory size
VGA - Integrated VIA CastleRock AGP graphics with MPEG-2 decoder
Expansion Slots - 1 PCI
Onboard IDE - 2 X UltraDMA 133/100/66 Connector
Onboard Floppy - 1 x FDD Connector
Onboard LAN - VIA VT6103 10/100 Base-T Ethernet PHY
Onboard Audio - VIA VT1616 6 channel AC'97 Codec
Onboard TV Out - VIA VT1622 TV out
Onboard 1394 - VIA VT6307S IEEE 1394 Firewire
Onboard I/O Connectors - 1 USB connectors for 2 additional USB 2.0 ports
- 2 1394 connectors for 2 1394 ports
- Front-panel audio connectors (Mic and Line Out)
- CD Audio-in connector
- SIR connector
- CIR connector
- Wake-on-LAN, Wake-on-Ring
- CPU/Sys FAN/Fan 3
- System intrusion connector
- 1 I2C connector
- 1 LVDS connector (Optional)
- Serial port connector for second com port
Back Panel I/O - 1 PS2 mouse port
- 1 PS2 keyboard port
- 1 Parallel
- 1 RJ-45 LAN port
- 1 Serial port
- 2 USB 2.0 ports
- 1 VGA port
- 1 RCA port (SPDIF or TV out)
- 1 S-Video port
- 3 Audio jacks: line-out, line-in and mic-in; can be switched to 6 channel output
Application
- VIA FliteDeck™ Luxurious Utility
- MissionControl-H/W Monitoring, Remote SNMP management
- FlashPort-Live BIOS Flash
- SysProbe-Live DMI Browser
BIOS - Award BIOS
- 2/4Mbit flash memory
System Monitoring & Management - CPU temperature monitoring
- CPU voltage monitoring
- Wake-on-LAN, Keyboard-Power-on, Timer-Power-on- System power management
- AC power failure recovery
Form Factor - Mini-ITX (4 layer)
- 17 cm x 17 cm

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