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Pico-ITX is barely larger than a playing card

Sizing up the ITX form factors
VIA makes an even smaller ITX form factor

VIA Technologies today announced a new small form factor that is smaller than its miniscule nano-ITX form factor. The new pico-ITX form factor measures in at 3.94 inches wide and 2.83 inches deep – 50% smaller than a nano-ITX motherboard. VIA previously demonstrated the pico-ITX-sized EPIA PX at the Consumer Electronics Show earlier this year.

VIA has yet to release a product based on the nano-ITX form factor, however, VIA has released its VT6047 pico-ITX reference board. The VT6047 reference board packs VIA’s V4 bus compatible nanoBGA2 processors such as the C7 and Eden. VIA C7 or Eden processors up to 1.5 GHz are available on VT6047 pico-ITX reference boards. These processors feature 128K of L1 cache and 128K of L2 cache.

Fusing the platform together is the VIA VX700 single-chip core-logic. The VIA VX700 delivers UniChrome Pro II AGP graphics with integrated LVDS and DVI interfaces. The UniChrome Pro II AGP graphics core features MPEG-2, MPEG-4 and WMV9 hardware acceleration. VIA pairs the UniChrome Pro II AGP graphics core with an optional VT1625M television encoder for composite and S-Video output capabilities.

Audio is provided by VIA’s Vinyl Audio VT1708A high-definition audio codec with 8-channels of analog audio output and S/PDIF. The VT6047 board lacks physical audio outputs onboard, however, VIA provides a front audio header for audio connections.

Integrated PATA and SATA controllers handle storage connectivity. VIA provides one UDMA 133/100/66/33 ATA controller on the VT6047 reference board. Due to small size constraints, the VT6047 features a 44-pin right-angle IDE connector, which typically graces notebook devices. One SATA 3.0 Gbps port is available for additional storage connectivity.
Memory expansion capabilities of the VT6047 reference board are limited to one SO-DIMM socket. The SO-DIMM accommodates DDR2 -400/533 memory up to capacities of 1GB.

Other notable features of the VT6047 reference board include an integrated VT6106S 10/100 Mbps Ethernet controller and USB 2.0 headers for up to four ports.

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By bubbacub616 on 4/20/2007 6:17:36 AM , Rating: 1
hmmn but does the integrated graphics card work with aero glass/windows MCE (and more importantly are those crappy c7 procs good enough to decode a simple divx without dropping frames!)

RE: nice
By jsantala on 4/20/2007 6:44:06 AM , Rating: 3
The UniChrome Pro II AGP graphics core features MPEG-2, MPEG-4 and WMV9 hardware acceleration.

RE: nice
By Mitch101 on 4/20/2007 10:55:33 AM , Rating: 2
I had one with one of the lower end chips in it from syntax. Something like 12 watts.

Its probably the only time the GPU (If you want to call it that) is much more powerfull than the CPU. What I mean by this is it did surprisingly well when playing video but any application ran at a crawl because the CPU has no Floating Point Crunch.

Still very low power and it works well for my mother who is never going to play quake 1 on it.

RE: nice
By herrdoktor330 on 4/20/2007 9:42:26 PM , Rating: 2
So... what do you guys think? Could you use something like this as a superthin media player? Could it boot Linux MCE with all the features, do you think? Where would you find a case / power supply for something like that?

instant on
By codeThug on 4/19/2007 8:28:09 PM , Rating: 2
I could see using this as a web browser type appliance hooked up to an HDTV. Couple it with a SSD for storage and the possibilities are endless.

RE: instant on
By codeThug on 4/19/2007 8:31:54 PM , Rating: 2
I neglected to mention that this SBC would go very well with that $3 copy of Windows...

RE: instant on
By Talcite on 4/19/07, Rating: 0
RE: instant on
By kmiller1700 on 4/20/07, Rating: 0
RE: instant on
By Adahiyast on 4/21/2007 10:10:49 PM , Rating: 1
Gotta love flametards. This guy reminds me of Jack Thompson; will use anything to get their arguements heard, even at the most irrelevant moments.

Power Consumption
By kalgriffen on 4/19/2007 9:35:52 PM , Rating: 2
Does anybody know what the power consumption on one of these might be?

RE: Power Consumption
By codeThug on 4/19/2007 11:47:11 PM , Rating: 3
Here's a very lazy stab at it:

Subtracting the components, this works out at under 20W for the board, even under load.

The above info was taken from this site:

...and it refers to the nano itx. So I'd guess the power consumption for the pico would be similar or maybe a little less.

add'l info
By codeThug on 4/20/2007 12:01:40 AM , Rating: 2

check out the link on "The Octimod Mini-ITX Cluster".

There's no reason why the pico-itx could not be clustered. I wonder how many pico clusters could fit in a Volkswagen....

RE: add'l info
By Treripica on 4/20/2007 7:21:05 AM , Rating: 2

The octomod looks a lot more polished than the one I saw a year ago.

I'd like to know the number of calculations/sec @ Watt that the pico-ITX churns out. Would this scale up to a similar number of calculations as a multi-blade cluster and consume a significantly less amount of power?

One IBM blade server is usually around 45-50Watts, but they churn out some hoss calcs. If the board is 1/25th the size of a blade, and can do more than a 25th of the work, it might prove interesting. The next challenge would be logistics. I'm thinking something like a FJ Cruiser or Highlander Hybrid...

By KHysiek on 4/20/2007 2:40:04 AM , Rating: 2
I don't get why they provide PATA - waste of space on board and silicon logic, they should rather offer 2 SATA ports, there are widely SATA optical drives now.

Anyone sees memory slot there ?

RE: Hm
By Lazarus Dark on 4/20/2007 6:05:39 AM , Rating: 2
Anyone sees memory slot there ?

I think I remember it being on the other side of the pcb from a picture a couple weeks ago.

By mydogfarted on 4/20/2007 3:21:06 PM , Rating: 2
Via had this up a while ago and I've been waiting for one for my portable MAME project. Awesome!

RE: Finally!
By BucDan on 4/22/2007 10:43:35 PM , Rating: 2
ooo the MAME project...i did one of those... the interesting thing is the size of it being a bit bigger than a playing card....but what can u really do with it? chat on aim all day and thats it?

Wow this thing is nice
By Lord Banshee on 4/19/2007 8:56:24 PM , Rating: 2
This is so nice, i want one... right NOW :)

Car pc anyone?
By Armorize on 4/19/2007 10:40:11 PM , Rating: 2
With the exception of the screen you could make a pretty sweet computerto use inside of your car, equip it with a media center os and ur good to go, maybe an ssd or just some CF maybe just a 1.8" hd....its gonna happen someday

By Flunk on 4/19/2007 11:46:01 PM , Rating: 2
Is it just me or does that look like one of those SECC slot 1 processor boards Pentium 2's came on, after you removed the cartridge?

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