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Quad-core x86 system touted as world's smallest

14 Nov 2012  | Nick Flaherty

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Silicon platform provider VIA Technlogies has recently unveiled its ARTiGO A1250. The company touts that its latest release is the world's smallest x86 quad core system, which is housed in a chassis the size of a paperback novel.

The VIA ARTiGO A1250 features a 1.0GHz VIA QuadCore processor and the latest VIA VX11H media system processor (MSP) and measures 17.7cm x 12.5cm x 3.0cm (W X D X H), a full ten per cent smaller than the VIA ARTiGO A1150 series. It is aimed at applications in the home or office, including home server, home automation, hotel management, media streaming, digital signage and surveillance as well as medical and healthcare applications.

The quad core system uses the VIA VX11H MSP to deliver an immersive multimedia experience complete with 3D stereoscopic and HD display support in a low power envelope, which a typical power consumption of a mere 32W TDP. The VIA ARTiGO A1200 can fit easily into any environment, whether it is behind a monitor or on the wall with a 10 x 10 cm VESA mount or placed alongside other home media devices. For system developers, VIA provides third party software security through a unique hardware/software design.

Epan Wu, VIA Technologies' head for the VIA Embedded platform division, stated that by leveraging the ultra-compact Pico-ITX form factor, the VIA ARTiGO A1250 is able to deliver a powerful x86 quad core computing experience in the smallest system design on the market.

He added that the VIA ARTiGO A1250 boasts the latest technology with 3D stereoscopic display and USB 3.0 support for an unparalleled ultra-compact computing experience, making small truly beautiful.

A power efficient 1.0GHz VIA QuadCore E-Series processor is combined with the latest highly integrated all-in-one VIA VX11H MSP which features the integrated VIA Chromotion 5.0 video processor with DX11 support for richer textures and 3D stereoscopic display. The VIA ARTiGO A1250 delivers an exceptional multimedia experience with advanced filtering and cutting edge post-processing to perform ultra-smooth decoding of H.264, MPEG-2, VC-1, and WMV9 for smooth playback of the most demanding multimedia titles at resolutions up to 1080p without incurring a heavy CPU load.

The unique dual-sided I/O coastline interface includes one HDMI and one VGA display port, one GigaLAN Ethernet port, two USB 3.0 and two USB 2.0 ports, audio jacks (Line-in/out and mic-in) and 12V DC-in power.

ARTiGO A1250 information page

ARTiGO A1250 datasheet

- Nick Flaherty
  EE Times Europe




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