I’m writing to you today with the intention of stirring up some conversation about one of VIA’s latest and greatest developments, the all new VIA EPIA PX10000G Pico-ITX mainboard. The PX10, as I will now refer to it, is the first Pico-ITX form factor board. This small form factor (100 mm x 72 mm) is the product of VIA’s commitment toward creating even smaller x86 compatible designs in an ultra-power-efficient, highly integrated package.

VIA first announced the form factor in early 2007, and it has generated quite a stir in all the markets we serve. This new design is enabling system developers and OEMs to improve upon existing products and also to create innovative products across a very extensive line of segments including, but not limited to, mobile computing, appliances, and embedded computing. It has been exciting to be a part of the prototyping process with many of our OEM customers from the technical sales side.

The phone was ringing off the hook with requests for the PX10 after the announcement. As a sales guy, it was hard to see such demand without knowing when we’d have the product in hand. We were able to get sample versions of the product (pre-production models) to select OEM projects around mid-Summer and eventually started taking pre-orders once the arrival date for production models was finally confirmed. Let me tell you, we haven’t seen demand like this for any of our previous small form factor products. Production is now in full swing and we can’t keep the product on the shelf.

At the moment, we don’t have a chassis for the board, but that hasn’t held up users from putting it to use. If you are reading this and currently have a board without an enclosure, hang in there. There will be some developments in Q4. Check back with us often. There will be some announcements soon on fanned and fanless versions.

We look forward to seeing innovative new devices built around this new form factor and invite you to share your thoughts on your experiences thus far with the PX10 or plans for usage.