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VIA Announces Ultra Thin VESA Mounted PC for Instant Display Systems

The VIA vmpc vm7700, a unique approach to digital signage and media display, converts any standard LCD monitor into a full x86 PC in minutes

Taipei, Taiwan, 8 October 2007 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading developer of x86 silicon and platform solutions, today announced the new VIA vm7700 VESA mounted PC (vmpc) that turns a standard display panel into a fully functional PC for signage, kiosk and other intelligent display applications, providing a radically superior space management, cost effective and flexible alternative to traditional panel PCs.

From small desktop LCD monitors to larger flat panel displays, the VIA vmpc vm7700 leverages the industry-standard Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA) 10cm x 10cm mounting specification for simple attachment behind the customer’s screen of choice, and offers considerable cost savings when upgrading or replacing screens. Through-chassis mounting allows the VIA vm7700 to be secured behind a flat screen display in seconds, or firmly mounted on walls or under desks, while dual-view support extends display utility.

Fanless configurations based on a 1.0GHz VIA C7 or 1.5GHz VIA Eden ULV processor and the ultra low power VIA CX700M2 system media processor enable the VIA vm7700 to deliver a solution packed with rich multimedia features within a maximum power of only 12 watts and a low 45ºC thermal envelope – essential for display-mounted systems.

     Processor :

  • Onboard VIA C7 1 GHz / VIA Eden ULV 1.5 GHz
  • Memory :
  • 1 x DDR2 533 MHz SO-DIMM supporting up to 1GB
  • Graphics :
  • VIA UniChrome Pro II AGP graphics with MPEG-2 / 4, WMV9 decoding acceleration
  • Network :
  • Gigabit Ethernet, optional Wireless LAN 802.11b/g
  • Storage :
  • 1 x 2.5" HDD or DOM (Disk On Module)
  • Audio :
  • Line-out, Line-in, Mic-in
  • Video :
  • 1 x DVI-D, 1 x VGA, 1 x S-Video TV-Out (Dual View)
  • IO :
  • 2 x PS/2 ports, 1 x COM port, 4 x USB 2.0 ports
  • System Management :
  • Watch Dog Timer, ACPI support
  • Operating Systems :
  • Linux based operating systems
  • Microsoft Windows XP / XPe
  • other operating systems are undergoing validation
  • Power Input :
  • DC 12V
  • Temperature :
  • 0 ~ 45°C (Operating), -20 ~ 70°C (Storage)
  • Dimensions :
  • 7.09" (180mm) (H) x 11.73" (298mm) (W) x 1.03" (26mm) (D)
  • Net Weight :
  • 2kg
  •     Features:
    • MPEG-2 / 4, WMV9 decoding acceleration
    • Gigabit Ethernet, optional Wireless LAN 802.11b/g
    • DVI-D, VGA and S-Video (Dual View supported)
    • 1 x COM, 4 x USB 2.0
    • VESA Mounted
    • Completely Fanless

    This one seems to be a natural for the Financial community or similar office environments that need "thin client" (or maybe not-so-thin when you consider the features) access and functionality.


    Great review, Thanks.