VIA Technologies has finally officially launched the pico-ITX format that has been floating around for the last few months. This is the world's smallest x86 mainboard format that measures 10cm x 7.2cm for a complete PC platform. Fitting into the palm of the hand is going a bit far, but it is a minor marvell of engineering.
This compares with mini-ITX at 17cm x 17cm, and Nano-ITX at 12cm x 12cm, half the size of the Mini-ITX.
The VIA VT6047 Pico-ITX mainboard was designed to be powered by one of VIA’s energy efficient processor platforms, such as the VIA C7 or fanless VIA Eden processor in the 21mm x 21mm nanoBGA2 package, combined with VIA's system media processors.
"The Pico-ITX represents VIA's commitment to spearhead x86 innovation through our proven technology leadership in driving down the platform size," said Richard Brown, Vice President of Corporate Marketing at VIA Technologies. "As with the Mini-ITX and Nano-ITX form factors before it, this new platform has raised the excitement level among enthusiasts and customers alike, firing the imagination an almost unlimited range of what were previously impossibly small systems."
The reference design has already been demonstrated at CES, CeBIT and the Embedded System Conference West, and the VIA Platform Solutions Division says it will announce the first commercial mainboard based on the Pico-ITX form factor 'shortly'.