VIA has been on a roll as of late with the launch
of new EPIA mini ITX motherboards. The latest addition to the EPIA family is
the ultra low power VIA
EPIA CN. Two EPIA CNs will be available—a 1.3 GHz CN13000 and a 1.0 GHz
CN1000E. Average power consumption is around 16 watts which make the new EPIA
CNs perfect for the embedded PC market.
Other notable features include the VIA CN700 northbridge which features VIA
UniChrome Pro AGP graphics. The UniChrome graphics support hardware MPEG-2
acceleration via the Chromation CE engine and dual display support via
DuoView+. Strangely enough, VIA claims SATA II support with the EPIA CN, though
it seems impossible as the VIA VT8237R lacks SATA II support.
Additionally the EPIA CN features a single PCI slot, S-Video, composite video,
S/PDIF audio outputs, serial, parallel, 10/100 Mbps Ethernet, and USB 2.0 ports.
There’s also support for two parallel IDE and two SATA connectors with support
for RAID 0 and 1. Memory support is limited to 1GB max as the board only has a
single 240-pin DIMM slot to accommodate DDR2 400/533 MHz memory. VIA’s PadLock
Security Engine is also integrated for hardware accelerated encryption
Pricing is expected to be $193 while availability is expected in June.