VIA EPIA SN, without the heatsink and fans installed  (Source: VIA)

VIA EPIA SN backside with mini PCI   (Source: VIA)
New VIA EPIA SN18000G claims a 30-percent performance boost over previous models

VIA today launched its fastest motherboard to fit within a mini-ITX footprint – the EPIA SN18000G. The new VIA EPIA SN18000G features the first-ever C7 processor clocked at 1.8 GHz. Previous VIA EPIA models topped out at 1.5 GHz. VIA claims up to a 30-percent performance boost over previous EPIA models. Additionally, VIA offers lower-clocked EPIA SN models at 1.5 GHz and 1.0 GHz. The EPIA SN10000EG features passive cooling.

VIA pairs the EPIA SN series with its latest CN896 IGP chipset, a first for a mini-ITX motherboard. The VIA CN896 IGP features a DirectX 9 compliant Chrome9 HC graphics core with hardware MPEG-2 acceleration. The EPIA SN series allows users to expand graphics capabilities with a single PCIe x16 slot.

Other notable features of the VIA EPIA SN series include two DIMM slots with support for up to 4GB of DDR2-667, four SATA 3.0 Gbps ports, one IDE port, a Compact Flash connector and dual Ethernet. VIA targets the EPIA SN series for network attached storage, digital signage and point-of-sale uses.

“With the VIA EPIA SN-series we have listened to our customers and delivered a number of key technology firsts to the Mini-ITX form factor,” said Daniel Wu, Assistant Vice President, VIA Embedded Platform Division, VIA Technologies, Inc. “I am proud to say that VIA has again raised the bar to develop a Vista-ready mainboard that meets the ever-increasing demands of the embedded industry.”

Expect the VIA EPIA SN series to enter mass production next month, with channel availability in November.

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