According to their press release, the board will support “comprehensive HD video performance, HD audio and HDMI support in a compact, power-efficient package”. The company claims that the embedded VIA ChromotionHD 2.0 video engine can support the C1, H.264, MPEG-2 and WMV9 HD codecs at resolutions of up to 1080p without affecting CPU load.
The EPIA-M900 has a rear panel I/O includes a Gigabit LAN port, HDMI port, VGA port, four USB 2.0 ports, one COM port and three audio jacks. An onboard PCIe x16 slot (with effective speed up to PCIe x8) and one PCI slot is accompanied with pin headers providing one dual channel 24-bit LVDS support (including backlight control), an additional three COM ports, a further four USB 2.0 ports and one USB device port, LPC support, 2 Digital I/O, SPDIF out and an SMBus header.
The obvious intended market for such a board will be in Home Theater PCs. We’ll see if any manufactures pick it up.