VIA Boosts EPIA MII-Series Mini-ITX

From VIA’s press release:

VIA Technologies last week announced the VIA EPIA MII12000 Mini-ITX mainboard featuring the 1.2GHz VIA C3 processor that integrates the latest generation of the VIA PadLock Hardware Security Suite for small form factor smart digital media devices in the home and small business markets.

The VIA EPIA MII12000 brings the VIA PadLock Advanced Encryption Engine (ACE) to the VIA Mini-ITX form factor for the first time, enabling high speed AES encryption and decryption of data at a sustained rate of 12.8 Gb/s with minimal work load on the processor. The highly efficient onboard VIA C3 processor operates at 1.2GHz, making it the highest performing VIA EPIA Mini-ITX mainboard on the market.

Maintaining the signature low profile module of the VIA EPIA MII-Series, the VIA EPIA MII12000 can connect to wireless networks by using best of breed 802.11a/802.11b/802.11g notebook wireless cards in the onboard CardBus slot and it also features a CompactFlash slot for easy transfer of photos from digital camera memory cards. Additional connectivity is provided through the onboard Firewire (IEEE1394) port that compliments the two USB2.0 ports on the I/O back panel, providing more options for high-speed data transfer between smart digital devices.

“The EPIA MII12000 opens up new potential markets for VIA EPIA Mini-ITX mainboards not only because it has a faster processor, but because of its intuitive new technologies and design that provide additional functionality within standard Mini-ITX size, thermal and noise production parameters,” said Tim Handley, Processor Platform Marketing Manager, VIA Technologies, Inc. “As the first VIA EPIA mainboard to incorporate the VIA PadLock ACE, the MII12000 opens the door to a myriad of security applications from securing communication and file transfers to high-speed wireless standards such as 802.11g.”

About the VIA PadLock Hardware Security Suite
The VIA PadLock Hardware Security Suite is integrated into VIA C5P Nehemiah core processors and features the VIA PadLock Random Number Generator (RNG) for high quality key generation and the VIA PadLock Advanced Encryption Engine (ACE) for high-speed performance of the US government approved Advanced Encryption Standard (AES).

The VIA PadLock ACE is a powerful Advanced Cryptography Engine that can encrypt or decrypt data at a sustained rate of 12.8 Gb/s. In addition to a single application being able to use the VIA PadLock ACE, any number of tasks can use it concurrently without requiring supplemental task management by the application or the operating system. The VIA PadLock ACE has hardware support for all three AES key sizes (128-bits, 196-bits, and 256-bits) with the same levels of performance. More information on the VIA PadLock ACE is available from the VIA PadLock Hardware Security Suite website.

Download the VIA PadLock ACE preliminary evaluation report from leading data security firm, Cryptography Research, Inc., or visit Dr. Brian Gladman’s VIA PadLock ACE website for independent review of the VIA PadLock ACE. For programmers, the VIA Nehemiah Advanced Cryptography Engine Programmers Guide is freely available for download.

About the VIA EPIAMII-Series Mini-ITX Mainboard
The VIA EPIA MII-Series Mini-ITX mainboard provides the ultimate digital home platform with advanced connectivity as well as digital video and audio features in a compact, low profile and quiet package. Contributing to its unique design, the VIA EPIA MII incorporates a horizontal CardBus Type I/Type II and CompactFlash slot, providing additional networking and expandability options that include wireless connectivity via best of breed PCMCIA wireless LAN cards. Measuring a mere 17cm by 17cm, the native x86 based VIA EPIA MII is compatible with all recent Microsoft Windows and a variety of Linux operating systems.

In addition to the power efficient VIA C3 or fanless VIA Eden ESP processor, the board features the VIA CLE266 chipset with integrated S3 Graphics Unichrome IGP 2D/3D graphics that includes an embedded MPEG-2 accelerator to ensure smooth DVD playback for a rich overall entertainment experience. With the sizable memory bandwidth of DDR266 SDRAM and the high data transfer speeds of ATA/133, the VIA EPIA MII ensures the high performance levels required by today’s most popular digital media and productivity applications. The user’s digital media experience is further enhanced by support for 5.1 surround sound, courtesy of the onboard VIA Vinyl Six-TRAC Audio.

The latest in high-bandwidth connectivity is supported with IEEE 1394 and USB 2.0 connections, as well as S-Video and RCA TV-Out (NTSC & PAL) and 10/100 Mbps Fast Ethernet for seamless broadband connectivity. The VIA EPIA MII also offers support for a growing number of LVDS embedded LCD panels, has a PCI slot for expandability options, and is compatible with a full range of Mini-ITX chassis as well as FlexATX and MicroATX enclosures.

VIA EPIA MII-Series Pricing and Availability
The VIA EPIA MII-Series Mini-ITX mainboard is available now through VEPD global distribution partners. Please contact your local VIA sales office or send an email to for further details. More information on the VIA EPIA MII-Series can be found at:


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