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"EPIACENTER" has three close-up images of the upcoming EPIA PX pico-ITX motherboard

EPIACENTER has managed to snap close-up images of VIA’s upcoming EPIA PX motherboard. The EPIA PX sports a new pico-ITX form-factor that measures in at 3.9 x 2.8 inches. This is approximately half the size of VIA’s uber small nano-ITX form-factor. VIA initially demonstrated the EPIA PX at its yearly Lunch@Piero’s event held during the Consumer Electronics Show.

In its early stages a VIA C7 processor clocked at 1 GHz powers the EPIA PX. EPIACENTER is unsure which chipset the EPIA PX contains but believes it is either the VX700 or CX700M. DailyTech predicts the EPIA PX features the previously released UMPC oriented VX700 due to the sheer size of the board.

Due to the small footprint of the EPIA PX the board features very limited connectivity options. The EPIA PX features a single VGA and LAN port as far as external connectivity goes. There are plenty of internal headers and connectors, though EPIACENTER does not mention what the headers are for.

AMD recently announced its plans to pursue development of the DTX form factor.  DTX is considerably larger than pico-ITX, though all formats are essentially derivatives of ATX.

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Random Observations
By mindless1 on 1/28/2007 8:52:03 AM , Rating: 2
It's nice to see gold plating, thought on a larger low profile 'sink, no electrolytic capacitors

Features I wish it had -

- Barrel jack <=12V input, step down regulator onboard for the remaining voltages

- One or two USB ports

- Heatsink mounting much closer to the CPU, at least one stud would increase board rigidity and potentially improve interface with the flipchips

- Component placement changed such that snap-on modules (USB, SD reader or CF reader and CF-ATA interface slot) would provide that on the same side as video and lan. I mean low height modules that fit within the perimeter of the board, there looks to be a USB header that won't satisfy that latter factor.

- Larger keep-out zone around board edges

- Video socket on same vertical plane as lan socket

- Something done about the power socket so it doesn't require so much more clearnance for the power cord and plug. As it stands it may increase the space requirement in height by roughly 50% unless there is a very proprietary/custom inverted power board made to fit this, but with it inverted there may be cooling issues.

- Same issue different day, I'm not crazy about Via silicon, but if they can get the price down low enough that might redeem it for some uses.

RE: Random Observations
By Raidin on 2/2/2007 3:37:23 PM , Rating: 2
I'm guessing that this board was designed to work within an enclosure that will have all the necessary ports built-in, run from the headers.

Excellent way to save space, nice and clean.

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