VIA launches all-in-one Luke CoreFusion board

— 9:58 AM on August 10, 2006

VIA has launched its first Mini-ITX motherboards based on its integrated Luke CoreFusion processor, the VIA EPIA EK series. Available later this month in EPIA EK10000G and EPIA EK8000E variants, the EK-series boards will include 1GHz and fanless 800MHz versions of the Luke CoreFusion chip, respectively. The Luke CoreFusion integrates a VIA Eden-N processor, CN400 north bridge, and UniChrome Pro integrated graphics into a single package. The UniChrome Pro IGP even includes hardware acceleration support for MPEG-2/4 video.

Aside from the fancy all-in-one processor, VIA's new EPIA EK boards feature six-channel audio, VGA output with room for DVI or LVDS via a separate module, VIA's Padlock Security Engine cryptography, and fairly generous I/O for Mini-ITX boards: two IDE ports, two Serial ATA ports, four USB ports, and dual LAN with optional Gigabit Ethernet support. Overall, VIA says the EPIA EK series draw a maximum 19W of power—not bad considering the boards integrate both processor and graphics.

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