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VIA optimises media streaming with VX900

Maker of small x86 chips, VIA Technologies, today announced the VIA VX900 media system processor, a media chip to be used with VIA's Nano-3000 Series CPUs.

According to VIA marketeer Richard Brown the VX900 "represents the most complete solution for HD digital content consumption on the market today".

The VX900 MSP features the company's ChromotionHD 2.0 video engine, boasting hardware acceleration of the H.264 codec technology that is driving today's online HD video streaming services. The VX900 delivers 1080p HD video content without hogging key system resources or resorting to an additional third party decoder, Brown said.

The ChromotionHD 2.0 video processor ploughs through video formats at resolutions up to 1080p without incurring a heavy CPU load. It supports the latest Blu-ray titles with VC1 and H.264 codec support is bolstered with acceleration for MPEG-2, MPEG-4 and the latest WMV formats.

The connection options include dual-channel support for Display Port, HDMI, DVP, VGA and LVDS/TMDS. It also supports the latest DDR3 system memory at speeds of up to 1066MHz and is compatible with the VIA Nano, VIA C7 and VIA Eden processor families.

The chip integrates all the features of traditional North and South bridges into a 31mm x 31mm single-chip which boasts a Chrome9 HCM 3D integrated graphics core with full DirectX 9.0 support and a 128-bit 2D engine with hardware rotation capability. The VX900 uses a high bandwidth PCI Express 2.0 interface with one x8 lane and three single-lane PCI Express II expansion slots, two PCI slots and a VIA Vinyl HD 8 channel audio codec.

An IDE controller, support for two S-ATA II drives, SD/MMS/MMC card reader support and 8 USB 2.0 ports are supplemented with support for PS/2, UART, SPI, GPIO and LPC technologies. Fast Ethernet and Gigabit connectivity options are provided through a dedicated controller.

Samples of the VIA VX900 MSP are available now to project customers.

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