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VIA supports Android on embedded x86 boards
19 September 2012, Computer/Embedded Technology

VIA Technologies recently promised Android support for VIA x86 embedded platforms, starting with the EITX-3002 Em-ITX board. Running Android on an x86 platform offers increased flexibility, great multimedia support and cost saving advantages for embedded applications such as in-vehicle entertainment and interactive kiosks.

Key advantages for Android on x86 include leverage of Android development resources and existing apps, rich I/O flexibility, greater CPU performance as well as higher display resolutions of up to 1920 x 1080.

In addition, VIA has released SMART ETK, an embedded tool kit which allows monitoring and control of peripheral devices through the Android OS, allowing for greater environmental control of kiosk and other installed environments.

The EITX-3002 is powered by a choice of a 1,2 GHz VIA Nano X2 E-Series or 1,0 GHz VIA Eden X2 dual-core processor. Placed on the reverse side of the board, the available real estate is optimised, facilitating simple fanless chassis designs.

The board takes advantage of the VIA VX900H media system processor, an all-in-one digital media chipset that brings hardware acceleration for the latest HD video formats including MPEG-2, H.264, VC-1 and WMV9. The EITX-3002 can support dual independent display for superior digital signage displays.

Designed for stability at extreme temperatures, fanless devices based on the EITX-3002 can enjoy absolute stability at temperatures ranging from -10°C to 65°C. Dual I/O coastlines include an HDMI port, VGA port, two Gigabit Ethernet ports, dual COM ports, four USB ports, two USB 3.0 ports (optional), audio jacks and power and HDD activity LEDs.

The board supports Windows 7, XP, Windows Embedded Standard 2009 and WES7 as well as Debian Linux and Android 2.2 operating systems.

For more information visit www.via.com.tw


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