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Mar042009

Via Em-ITX smaller than Mini-ITX; sports dual “coastlines”

Via has announced a new “open industry standard” for embedded boards. Targeting “ultra-slim” applications, and set for an April debut, the “Em-ITX” form factor offers dual I/O “coastlines,” plus an “Em-IO” expansion bus that will support optional add-on modules. Em-ITX employs a 170 x 120mm rectangle, unlike the company’s earlier Mini-ITX and Nano-ITX specs, which used squares measuring 170 x 170mm and 120 x 120mm, respectively. The rectangular shape allows dual “coastlines,” providing 19 percent more room for real-world connectors than if a square had been utilized, the company notes.

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