Monday, January 03, 2011

VIA Launches Embedded Industry’s First Dedicated Graphics Card with 3D and DDR3

By Nick Flaherty www.flaherty.co.uk


VIA eH1 card offers DX10.1 graphics and multi-screen HD video content for embedded systems

 VIA Technologies has developed a graphics card designed specifically for the embedded market. The eH1 is a DX10.1 compliant, multi-display card for the PCI Express slot that comes with the three year product longevity guarantee that is vital for embedded designs and is the most power-efficient discrete graphics and video solution on the market today. The VIA eH1 AIB uses the 64bit S3 Chrome 5400E GPU graphics chip for DirectX 10.1, OpenGL 3.1, OpenGL ES 2.0  and offers multi-stream 1080p HD video decoding and Stereoscopic 3D rendering capability alongside 512Mbytes of DDR3 memory. This makes it the ideal solution for a range of embedded applications that require advanced graphics and video on multiple displays.
 “The VIA eH1 hits a real sweet spot for the embedded industry as a whole,” said Daniel Wu, Vice President, VIA Embedded Platform Division at VIA Technologies. “Offering technologies like DX10.1, OpenGL/CL, plus multi-channel HD video playback on an extremely low power AIB will excite system integrators who want to bring the latest features to existing platforms.”

VIA eH1: Embedded Graphics and Video
The VIA eH1 is a low profile PCI Express add-in-board designed for next generation embedded applications in a range of segments including digital signage and advertising, POS, POI, gaming or any embedded application where graphics and HD video is streamed on two displays.

l            PCIe 2.0 Bus Interface
l            512MB DDR3
l            Low profile form factor
l            Dual-Link DVI and HDMI (with HDCP)
l            Fully programmable DirectX 10.1 Unified Shader Core
l            OpenGL 3.1 + OpenGL ES 2.0
l            GPGPU on OpenCL 1.0
l            H.264 and VC-1 support for Blu-Ray
l            Support for resolutions up to 2560x1600
l            1080p/1080i/720p HD-decode
l            Steroscopic 3D capable
l            Dual display support

The VIA eH1 can be used in conjunction with a number of VIA EPIA board products and can supplement any existing system that uses a x1, x4, x8 or x16 PCIe slot. Samples of the VIA eH1 are available now to project customers upon request.


Details regarding the S3 Chrome 5400E can be found at S3 Graphics

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