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March 3, 2014 - Powered by 1.0 GHz dual core VIA Elite E1000 Cortex-A9 SoC with Unified Shader Architecture featuring 64 stream processors, VIA VAB-1000 supports dual independent displays, smooth 3D/2D graphics acceleration, and full HD playback support for resolutions up to 1080p. Available I/O encompasses HDMI, mini-USB 2.0, MicroSD, Gigabit Ethernet, GPIO, I²C, and COM ports as well as A/V interfaces. Measuring 10 x 7.2 cm, Pico-ITX board comes with 4 GB eMMC Flash memory and 2 GB DDR3 SDRAM.

VIA Technologies, Inc.

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Original Press Release

VIA Opens up the Development of Graphic-Intensive Embedded Android Devices with Launch of VIA VAB-1000 at Embedded World 2014

Press release date: February 24, 2014

Combines high-performance graphics and video engine with industry-leading Android development support

Taipei, Taiwan – VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient ARM and x86 computing and embedded platforms, today announced that it will unveil its new VIA VAB-1000 Pico-ITX board at Embedded World 2014, taking place February 25th - 27th in Nuremberg Germany. The VIA booth is located at 5-330 in Hall 5 of the Exhibition Center.

Powered by a 1.0GHz dual core VIA Elite E1000 Cortex-A9 SoC, the VIA VAB-1000 features a high-performance graphics and video engine optimized to deliver richer multimedia capabilities and a more immersive user experience in a wide variety of interactive kiosk, digital signage and HMI (Human Machine Interface) applications. To enable developers to leverage the capabilities of Android for embedded applications, VIA provides a SMART ETK (Embedded Tool Kit) and a full set of software customization services that speeds up time to market and minimizes development costs.

“As a result of the growing popularity of Android smart phones and tablets, we are seeing a surge in interest among developers for platforms that enable them to create innovative new industrial and touch-based interactive multimedia devices that leverage the familiar user interface and advanced capabilities of the operating system, said Epan Wu, Head of the VIA Embedded Platform Division, VIA Technologies, Inc. “With the launch of the VAB-1000, we offer the most comprehensive portfolio of application-specific ARM platforms for embedded Android systems on the market – backed up by the richest development tool kit and customization services.”

VIA VAB-1000 Pico-ITX
The VIA VAB-1000 is based on the ultra-compact Pico-ITX form factor, measuring 10 cm x 7.2 cm, and is powered by a 1.0GHz VIA Elite Cortex-A9 dual core processor with a Unified Shader Architecture featuring 64 stream processors that provides support for dual independent displays along with the smoothest 3D/2D graphics acceleration and full HD playback support for the most demanding video formats in resolutions up to 1080p.

Back panel I/O includes two HDMI connectors for HDMI-in and HDMI-out, one mini-USB 2.0 port, one MicroSD slot, one Gigabit Ethernet port, and one DC-in Jack. Front panel I/O features one pin header for two additional USB ports, one pin header for SPI1 and 8-pin GPIO, one pin header for three I2C and two COM ports, and one pin-header for front audio (Line-in/Line-Out/Mic-In).  Other on-board features include 4GB eMMC Flash memory, 2GB DDR3 SDRAM, one dual channel LVDS connector, one S-video pin header and one Mini-PCIe connector.

For more information about the VIA VAB-1000 Pico-ITX, please visit: http://www.viaembedded.com/en/products/boards/2190/1/VAB-1000_(Pico-ITX).html

For images related to this release, please visit: http://www.viagallery.com/Products/via-vab-1000-pico-itx-board.aspx

VIA VAB-1000 I/O Extender Card
The VIA VAB-1000 I/O extender card is available as an option. This adds multiple I/O interfaces, including Line-In, Line-Out and Mic-In audio jacks, two USB ports, one suspend LED power indicator, a power on/off button and pin headers for one COM port (TX/RX support only) as well as three board-to-board connectors and one USB board-to-board connector.

VIA VAB-1000 Android Smart ETK
The VIA VAB-1000 Android Smart ETK features Android version 4.1 as well as a Smart ETK comprising a number of APIs, including Watchdog Timer (WDT) for safeguarding against system crashes, GPIO access, COM port access, RTC for auto-power on, and a sample app.

VIA VAB-1000 Linux Development Package
The VIA VAB-1000 Linux BSP has a pre-built OS image, including the kernel and bootloader source codes, and also comes with a Tool Chain to help make adjustments to the kernel and to leverage the onboard pin-headers, GPIO, I2C, and other hardware features.

Availability
Sample units of the VIA VAB-1000 board are available at the time of this release.

About VIA Technologies, Inc.
VIA Technologies, Inc is the foremost fabless supplier of power efficient x86 processor platforms that are driving system innovation in the PC, client, ultra mobile and embedded markets. Combining energy-saving processors with digital media chipsets and advanced connectivity, multimedia and networking silicon enables a broad spectrum of computing and communication platforms, including its widely acclaimed ultra compact mainboards. Headquartered in Taipei, Taiwan, VIA’s global network links the high tech centers of the US, Europe and Asia, and its customer base includes the world’s top OEMs and system integrators. www.via.com.tw

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International:
Richard Brown
Phone: (886)-2-2218-5452 #6201
Fax: (886)-2-8218-6752
Email: RIBrown@via.com.tw

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