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Via announces Cortex A8 Armtigo A800 motherboard for healthcare

Adds to its ARM based offerings
Thu Jan 24 2013, 15:54

CHIP DESIGNER Via has announced its ARM Cortex A8 based Armtigo A800 system for healthcare and digital signage applications.

Last week Via announced its ARMOS 800 system for harsh environments and now the firm has implemented the same 800MHz Freescale Cortex A8 system-on-chip (SoC) in its Armtigo 800 system. Via claimed the system is the smallest ARM system for embedded healthcare and digital signage applications.

Freescale's ARM Cortex A8 chip helps keep the power consumption of Via's Armtigo A800 down to just 3.14W TDP and helps it avoid using fans for cooling. Via said the Armtigo A800 has a dustproof design and said the low-profile design means the computer can be wall mounted through a VESA mount.

Via's Armtigo A800 supports HD 1080p resolution video playback through HDMI and analogue video outputs and includes 4GB of eMMC storage onboard, with external connectivity provided through a 100Mbit/s Ethernet socket, four USB 2.0 ports and audio sockets. The firm said the Armtigo A800 supports Linux 2.6 and Android 2.3.

Epan Wu, head of VIA's embedded business said, "Via is leveraging its advanced SFF [small form factor] system design expertise demonstrated in its market leading x86 Artigo systems to create a new family of smaller, lower power ARM based systems.

"The introduction of the ARM based Armtigo A800 allows us to provide our customers with a comprehensive range of solutions in both leading processor architectures."

Via has been pushing its tiny motherboards for years but recently it has gone beyond its traditional x86 offerings and in recent months has designed a number of motherboards for ARM based chips. Whether the firm's use of ARM chips will help it in the embedded market remains to be seen but it is the first x86 licensee to seriously push ARM motherboards. µ


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