VIA Technologies Inc., a global manufacturer of power-efficient processor platforms, has recently announced the release of its peculiar motherboard, codenamed VAB-800. The major peculiarity of these motherboards is that they will be delivered in two variants: with chips of VIA personal production, WonderMedia (800 MHz), and with Freescale ARM Cortex-A8 1 GHz chips. The volume capacities of DDR3 memory in either variant will equal to 1 GB. VAB-800 is developed in piro-ITX form-factor but is also compatible with blocks of ATX form-factor.
Motherboard VAB-800 accommodates flash-memory of eMMC type with the integrated SATA 3 Gbit/sec sockets. The total volume capacity of flash-memory equals to 64 GB. This model can boast a large number of internal sockets, including a couple of RS-232, two LVDS (to enable the connection with the up-to-date monitors), SATA, JTAG, SDIO, RTC, and a slot for the activation of the external power supply.
The manufacturer has taken care of the possibility to connect with CAN bus, by integrating two dedicated sockets. The set of external sockets is represented by a couple of USB 2.0, mini-HDMI, D-Sub, Ethernet jack, and RJ-45. In addition, the motherboard is furnished with dedicated slots for storage devices, video and audio devices, as well as, with other peripherals.
VAB-800 consumes up to 5 W, while in casual operational mode this index might not exceed 2 W. The nominal delivery kit includes a few OS which support ARM architecture: Ubuntu 10.04, Android 2.3, and Windows Embedded Compact 7.
Price details are so far not voiced by the VIA representatives but the first products are promised to be put on sale in the nearest future.