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VIA VB7009 Mini-ITX mainboard  (Source: VIA)
No Android support mentioned for VIA's latest mini-ITX board

VIA has unveiled its latest embedded mainboard in the tiny mini-ITX form-factor. The new mainboard is called the VB7009 and measures 17cm square. VIA is aiming it at the POS and kiosk industry the board has a VIA Nano X2 processor onboard that is paired with the VX900 media system processor.
That media processor allows the board to support HD video with up to 1080p resolution. The default processor speed is 1.2GHz for the X2, while other CPUs are available including a 1.6GHz VIA C7-D and a 1GHz C7. The little board has four USB 2.0 ports, three COM pin headers, and a LPC connector. It also rocks a single COM port, keyboard ports, and three audio jack inputs.
The board will support Microsoft OS' and popular Linux flavors in multiple configurations. The VB7009 unfortunately doesn’t call out Android support, which is something VIA was pushing for its embedded line.
"The range of customer needs for interactive embedded devices is rapidly expanding," said Epan Wu Head of the VIA Embedded Platform Division, VIA Technologies, Inc. "The VIA VB7009 provides a flexible and cost effective solution that can be configured to satisfy a broad range of customer requirements."

Source: VIA

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RE: Why?
By Cheesew1z69 on 1/3/2012 12:09:43 PM , Rating: 4

VIA is aiming it at the POS and kiosk industry

You don't need a majority of what you said is missing for a POS or Kisok.

RE: Why?
By bitterman0 on 1/3/2012 1:01:05 PM , Rating: 2
True. But if you expect to connect this board to any modern panel (would be the Kiosk mode, I presume), you might find the lack of HDMI connectivity a deal-breaking design flaw.

Coming to think of it, VIA mini-ITX boards have had uninspired [obsolete] designs for the past few years now. I mean, there has to be a market for these boards, and quite a extensive one, for VIA to continue this trend.

RE: Why?
By sprockkets on 1/3/2012 1:57:57 PM , Rating: 2
Embedded panels don't use HDMI, they use basically the same tech your laptop uses to connect the screen to the mobo. It's basically DVI except without the plug. It looks like it is on the mobo.

RE: Why?
By MrTeal on 1/3/2012 2:04:26 PM , Rating: 3
I'm sure there is, even for kiosks. There's a huge amount of legacy hardware out there in the POS/Kiosk world, and while I agree that HDMI would be nice for someone want to build a new system, it's a lot less important than things like the LPT, PS/2 and serial ports.

RE: Why?
By Solandri on 1/3/2012 4:01:38 PM , Rating: 3
Yeah, a lot of people in the tech industry fail to realize that businesses don't buy every shiny new toy which comes out every 18 months. They typically use products for 5 years at a minimum. 7-15 years is more common. There is a lot of old, legacy hardware out there which still works, still does its job fine, but needs PS/2, parallel, or serial connectors.

I've seen a business using a ~15 year old phone PBX managed by a Windows 95 box, hooked up over the serial and parallel ports. Sure they could've spent $5-$10k replacing it with something new. But it did everything they needed, didn't cause any problems, and still worked reliably. The best I could do was mirror the setup to a second (old) computer with identical hardware as a backup, in case the original one ever died. Just because technophiles like playing with the latest gadgets and features doesn't mean they make the most business sense. The 2-3 year duty cycle for computer hardware and software is the exception not the norm.

RE: Why?
By Samus on 1/3/12, Rating: -1
RE: Why?
By tastyratz on 1/5/2012 4:33:03 PM , Rating: 2
sometimes these work for extremely custom products or programming very specifically tailored to an industry function. If for example an assembly line robot was programmed by a serial cable, what use is it to replace with usb? what functional gain?
Sometimes working from the support side of things it can be tug of war with the business when something still "works" but in the end the ROI on specialty equipment is a hard sell. By lacking the things mentioned it may not work for a htpc sure, but if the price point follows compared to an atom AIO then it will perfectly suit the needs of a business.

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