Via’s Pico-ITX board has a QuadCore x86 chip

Via has debuted a new Pico-ITX board that’s about the size of a Raspberry Pi mini-PC. 

The EPIA-P910 is powered by a 1 GHz (64-bit) QuadCore E-Series x86 18W processor paired with Chrome 640 graphics.

The bare-bones board supports DirectX 11 as well as full 1080p HD video playback – and should be able to handle various Linux flavors along with Windows.

As Liliputing’s Brad Linder points out, the EPIA-P910 differs from a typical PC board as it’s basically a system-on-a-board, complete with a processor, graphics chip, VGA and HDMI, Ethernet and USB ports. 

However, you’ll still need to add your own memory (up to 8GB of DDR3 RAM) and storage.

The EPIA-P910 measures 3.9″ x 2.8″ and features 2 USB 3.0 ports, with pins allowing users to add up to 6 additional USB 2.0 ports and other connectors.

 Price and availability have yet to be announced, but the Pico-ITX board will undoubtedly cost more than the ARM-powered Raspberry Pi. 

In the meantime, you might also want to check out Via’s small neo-ITX bare-bones Android PC. The little $49 board, dubbed “the APC,” was designed to run a custom version of Android 2.3 optimized for input via a mouse and keyboard.

The uber-mini machine is equipped with a (VIA) 800 MHz processor, 512 MB of RAM, 2 GB of flash storage, a microSD card slot and is capable of handling up to 720p graphics. Connectivity includes VGA output, HDMI output, four USB ports and an Ethernet port. There are also inputs for speakers and a microphone.

Those interested in purchasing an uber-mini barebones PC board may also want to check out the Raspberry Pi, Origen 4 Quad, Hackberry A10 and BeagleBoard.