If you’ve been thinking about purchasing a VIA ARTiGO™ Pico-ITX Builder Kit but haven’t done so yet, you might want to check out this review on ExtremeTech™, which concludes that “it’s a slick little package for its intended purpose: a light duty, purpose built system that’s unobtrusive and power efficient.”
The article shows just how power-efficient the complete system is, consuming only 12 watts when idle and a mere 23 watts when running “full-bore”. That’s less than half the amount that most CPUs consume alone, let alone a complete system.
As the article goes on to point out, “Intel has the right idea with their upcoming Silverthorne product, but VIA is already there. The C7 variant used in Pico-ITX systems consume just one watt at idle.”
Ever since introducing the Mini-ITX, we have put considerable focus on the development of new platforms to enable continued innovation in system design – particularly in the area of miniaturization.
This has led to the introduction of a growing range of smaller and smaller motherboards, including the Nano-ITX, Pico-ITX, and most recently the Mobile-ITX. As with the Mini-ITX, all these new form factors are open industry standards and are being adopted by a growing number of industry players.
When it came to mobile systems, we went one step further by creating a complete reference design rather than simply a motherboard. We started on this path last year with the highly successful VIA NanoBook mini-note reference design, which has been adopted in many countries worldwide, and the new VIA OpenBook mini-note reference design, which we announced last month just before Computex.
The response to the VIA OpenBook has been extremely positive, and we have been especially pleased at the way people have embraced our concept of opening up the CAD files by posting them for download from the VIA OpenBook website.
This makes it much easier for our system integration customers to tune the design to meet the specific needs of the markets they are operating in and also reduces development costs and speeds up time to market. In addition, it also provides a great vehicle for us to understand the future requirements of mini-note users and develop new designs accordingly.
Up to now, we have only just touched the surface of what is possible, and it’s going to be exciting see what innovations we introcued in the future.