VIA Teams Up For EPIA-Based Music Server

From VIA’s press release:

Taipei, Taiwan, 17 March 2004 – VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator and developer of silicon chip technologies and PC platform solutions, today announced that Digital Fidelity, the audio server middleware specialists, and HUSH Technologies, a leading quiet computing platform provider, will launch the new VIA EPIA M10000 Mini-ITX mainboard based HUSHâ„¢ AVX Music Server at CeBIT 2004.

Combining the feature rich VIA EPIA M10000 Mini-ITX mainboard and the innovative DigiFi software, the HUSH AVX Music Server lets users store more than 1600 CDs and play them using a unique PDA interface, connected via WiFi. Essentially a music management and enjoyment system, it also allows users to create play lists, select singles, play entire albums, queue music, select by alphabet/genre/last played/favorites, and even control the volume.

“We are very excited about the launch of the Hush AVX Music Server because it is one of the most advanced music management systems available and really makes the most of the VIA EPIA M10000’s digital media features,” said Steven S. Lee, Head of the VIA Embedded Platform Division, VIA Technologies, Inc. “With the easy to use DigiFi music collection management software, it is a perfect fit for any modern connected home.”

At the heart of the system is the highly efficient, low profile VIA EPIA M10000 Mini-ITX mainboard that, together with HUSH’s unique fanless cooling system, enables near silent operation. Onboard VIA Vinyl Audio provides the highest quality sound for a truly immersive listening experience.

“The barriers to entry in the convergent space have traditionally been noise, aesthetics, and simplicity of operation, but with the VIA EPIA Mini-ITX, we have been able to overcome all of those obstacles and created a world class music entertainment system,” commented Markus Kremer, General Manager of Hush Technologies. “Combined with Digital Fidelity’s software, we have a high-quality, great looking, near silent server operated by a truly portable GUI with the most sophisticated and intuitive interface on the market.”

Easy access to digital content is a key challenge in the fully digital universe, especially so when that content is stored and managed on a central server. Digital Fidelity’s DigiFi software makes it easy to manage digital audio files on the Hush AVX Music Server through its user friendly and convenient PDA based user interface.

“We believe that DigiFi puts the user back in touch with their music collection through its intelligent, intuitive interface developed for the everyday consumer,” said John Booth, Managing Director of software and manufacturing consultancy, Digital Fidelity Limited. “We are proud to be working with innovators such as VIA and HUSH in bringing this product to market.”

The Hush AVX Music Server will be on show at CeBIT 2004 in Hall 1, stand 7i2. For more information about the Hush AVX Music Server, please visit www.hushtechnologies.net.

About the VIA EPIA M10000 Mini-ITX Mainboard

The VIA EPIA M10000 Mini-ITX Mainboard is the second generation 17cm x 17cm platform optimized for today’s killer digital video and audio applications, and is compatible with Microsoft Windows 2K/ME/XP and a variety of Linux-based operating systems. Featuring the new 1GHz VIA C3 processor with enhanced digital media performance, and the VIA UniChrome CLE266 chipset with an embedded MPEG-2 decoder and the integrated UniChrome 2D/3D graphics core, the VIA EPIA M10000 platform provides smooth DVD playback and 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 M10000 ensures the high performance levels required of 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 IEEE1394 and USB 2.0 connections provided, as well as S-Video and RCA TV-Out (NTSC & PAL) and 10/100 Fast Ethernet for seamless broadband connectivity. The VIA EPIA M10000 also offers support for the latest LVDS embedded LCD panels, has one PCI slot for expandability options, and is compatible with a full range of Mini-ITX chassis as well as FlexATX and MicroATX enclosures.

For more information on the full range of VIA EPIA M-Series Mini-ITX mainboards please visit: www.viaembedded.com/product/epia_m_spec.jsp?motherboardId=81.

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