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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 MGSsancho on 1/5/2012 1:42:17 AM , Rating: 2
Obviously you know much more about VIA's customers than themselves. This board has four COM ports, why put so many unless customers requested it. VIA does sell boards with pcie, if a customer wants one, VIA sells them. If a customers application requires ddr3 then VIA has platforms where that is available. Parallel ports are still common for legacy devices. This board is a lowpower product that has a modern and fast cpu that has 10+ years of legacy support. There are many devices and equipment worth moree than your annual salary that run just fine and just need a replacement mobo. Market demands and another market will supply.

RE: Why?
By dawza on 1/5/2012 9:19:11 AM , Rating: 2
The kids and "hardcore enthusiasts" fail to understand the basic concept that in the real world, raw performance and nifty features take a back seat to reliability, ease of integration, support/lifecycle, etc.

These are the same readers who believe that the embedded market will dump x86 and migrate to ARM due to the recent increases in ARM capabilities in the consumer segment...which sounds quite reasonable until one considers that the overwhelming majority of the embedded market has been, and continues to use ARM, and those on x86 had a very good reason to go with that architecture to begin with.

We have $20K+ analytical machines running on 15+ year-old x86 systems. The connection requires a serial interface, basic VGA, and a LAN port. These machines run 24/7, and they work perfectly well. If and when something goes wrong, we will replace them with an appropriate x86 machine with native serial and VGA so that end-users can continue to work as if nothing happened. HDMI, quad-core CPUs, etc, would be useless at best.

Or, maybe we're all crazy, and it turns out that all along, ATMs would, in fact, be better off with an overclocked quad core CPU, a dedicated high-power GPU, and HDMI/DP-out. I mean, who wouldn't want to watch 3D 1080P video while posting a status update to FB during a transaction?

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