The latest VIA mini-ITX now come with 1.3Ghz Nehemiah and a new core logic that is CN400. Speed of encryption 10X faster than Pentium. Dual processor and low power. Nice writeups on EPiacenter and EDN Senior Expert Brian Dipert talks about.
Mini-ITX, Major Review
Jan 19 2006 12:48PM | Permalink | Email this | Comments (0) |
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In a two-part series back in early 2004, I built up and bench-tested Via's then-state of the art Mini-ITX motherboard, the EPIA-M10000 (code-named 'Nehemiah'). Many of its limitations, both absolutely and relative to a Pentium M-based mini-ITX alternative that I also evaluated, derived from its trailing-edge CLE266 north-bridge chip. As I mentioned at the end of one of the part-one writeup's sidebars, Via planned follow-on designs that would employ more modern CN400 core logic.
After an interminable delay, Via got me an updated board last fall. The VT-310DP has several notable characteristics, beyond its CN400 embrace: it's a dual-processor design (each processor is identical in features and speeds to the one in the earlier EPIA-M1000 board), for example, and it contains three Ethernet ports, one of them capable of 1 Gbit speeds. Between travel, holidays and other distractions, I haven't yet fired up the board, although I plan indepth print and web coverage for later this spring. Until then, satiate yourself with a solid writeup on the MiniITX website.