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VIA announces 1GHz ARM Cortex A8 Pico-ITX board

Tries its hand away from x86
Tue Jul 24 2012, 14:29

CHIP DESIGNER VIA has introduced the first Pico-ITX board featuring a 1GHz Cortex A8 system-on-chip (SoC).

-images-download-original-vab800-45-lVIA, which has been putting out low power x86 chips for years, has finally launched a Pico-ITX board featuring an ARM SoC. The firm launched the VAB-800, which features an 800MHz or 1GHz Freescale Cortex A8 SoC and 1GB of DDR3 RAM.

What sets VIA's board apart from the immensely popular Raspberry Pi, aside from the amount of RAM, is a SATA port and the option of up to 64GB of embedded memory on board. There's also support for two GPUs with dual display support.

VIA's Pico-ITX board is 10x7.2cm, which is about 2cm bigger than the Raspberry Pi in both length and width, however while the two devices are sized similarly, VIA intends its boards to be used in industrial systems. The firm said it will support the device for seven years and quoted an operating temperature range of -20C to 70C.

Epan Wu, head of VIA's Embedded Platform Division said, "The VIA VAB-800 extends our industry leading range of Pico-ITX embedded platforms. As a leader in hardware and software support, VIA can tailor our new ARM based offerings for customers to create systems through starter kits, customization support or offering complete systems for different applications."

VIA said its VAB-800 board is available now but didn't reveal prices, presumably because it doesn't expect to ship single units to customers. µ


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