VIA Outs VB7009 Mini-ITX Embedded Board
January 3, 2012 11:46 AM
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VIA VB7009 Mini-ITX mainboard
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
, 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."
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1/3/2012 4:01:38 PM
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
not the norm.
1/3/2012 7:55:16 PM
If by "targeting the POS market" you mean
then I agree this is adequate product for that segment.
1/5/2012 4:33:03 PM
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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