Somebody gonna update this or what?!?!?!? Updates forthcoming... What is VIA? VIA Technologies itself is Taiwanese electronics company that is primarily a manufacturer of chipsets and CPUs. You have probably seen or heard of their chipsets because they are rather popular on the Athlon XP platform (and a few others). Why VIA? VIA's motherboards and CPUs are popular because of their small size and power consumption. The current AMD and Intel CPUs use around 100 watts and this is often impractical. VIA CPUs use under 20 watts and some even under 10 watts, albeit, they are not as fast as the Intel and AMD offerings. VIA CPUs are very practical in HTPC, carputer, and small server applications (and many more) because of their small size and power consumption. VIA CPUs are also sold commercially in a few desktops and laptops. Specifications and Details You will usually find VIA CPUs in mini-ITX format and a few in the nano-ITX format. The mini-ITX platform is a mere 17x17cm in size (size comparison) and usually uses the VIA C3, C7, Eden, or Luke processor. Most mini-ITX motherboard include: a single PCI slot (sometimes just a CardBus slot and sometimes both CardBus and PCI) or 2 PCI slots through a riser (only one physical PCI slot on the board itself), one or two DDR, DDR2, or SD RAM slots, one or two IDE ports and a floppy port (newer motherboards include SATA too), and the standard array of ports in the back that one would find on any modern PC. Current mini-ITX models: EPIA SP - Review - Good for HTPC. EPIA ML - Can be fanless. EPIA MS - Review - Very few built in ports. Have to use headers for outputs. Can be fanless. EPIA PD - Designed for PoS systems. Can be fanless. EPIA MII - Review - Built in CF and CardBus slots. Also has tv out. Good for HTPC. Can be fanless. EPIA TC - Review - Can use DC-DC adapter. Good for carputer or HTPC. Can be fanless. EPIA M - Review - Good for HTPC. Can be fanless. EPIA - Review - Bit on the slow side. Good for applications not requiring high speeds. EPIA CL - Review - Can be fanless. EPIA V - Bit on the slow side. Can be an HTPC. Can be fanless. EPIA EK - Can be fanless. EPIA CN - Review - Can be an HTPC. Uses C7 CPU. EPIA EX - Review - Can be an HTPC. Uses C7 CPU. VT-310DP - Review - Dual processors and gigabit ethernet. Also fanless. VB6002 - Uses Socket 479 and offers no integrated processor. EPIA PE EPIA LN EPIA LT EPIA EN - Review EPIA SN - Review VB7001 Nano-ITX is VIA's midsize offering. At 12x12cm (size comparison), it is substantially smaller than the mini-ITX platform and not to mention microATX and ATX. Nano-ITX uses VIA's Luke or C7 processor line. Nano-ITX boards features a mini-PCI slot for expandability and a DDR/DDR2 SODIMM. The standard array of ports is featured on the nano-ITX platform, but only the bare essentials are built in onto the back of the board. Current nano-ITX models: EPIA NL - Lacks any built in ports, so you need to use headers. EPIA N - Review - Can be an HTPC or a tiny server. EPIA NX - Lacks most built in ports. Can be an HTPC. Uses C7 CPU. EPIA NR Current pico-ITX models: EPIA PX - Review VIA CPUs in laptops are rather uncommon, but they still exist. Laptops with VIA CPUs can use C7-M and C3-M processors. According to VIA's website, only a few laptops are currently made that include VIA processors. Finding a VIA CPU in a portable device would be more likely in a UMPC as those demand low power usage even more. Applications VIA's mini-ITX (and now nano-ITX) solutions are often associated with HTPCs, but they have many more uses, though, HTPCs are probably the main use. You can use them as servers, carputers, gaming, and many other things. HTPCs using the mini-ITX platform are quite popular because of their obvious small size. I'm not going to elaborate more because you can find out a lot about HTPCs in [H]ard|Forum's own HTPC section. Carputers are also another popular option for mini-ITX PCs. Carputers normally replace the on-board sound system (and other multimedia components) with a small PC. Simple carputers can be just a PC with a hard drive that plays music through the car's speaker system. Advanced carputers include touchscreen monitors, GPS units, and internet access. You can find out more about carputers here. Mini-ITX servers don't differ from their larger counterparts in many ways, so I won't go into details into them either. While you may not believe it, gaming is alive in well on the mini-ITX platform...though not in the form that you are probably most familiar with. Mini-ITX computers cannot handle modern games that require fast processors and high end graphics cards, but not all games require high end computers. While low end PC games will run to some extent, mini-ITX computers are rather popular with console and arcade emulators. To transform your computer into a console emulator, little is required other than some software and preferably a controller for the specified console (but a keyboard will work if you have no alternatives). More info can be found here and here. Where can I buy one? You may be surprised at first at the prices of VIA's products as they are higher than the Intel and AMD motherboards that are used in desktop PCs, but most also include the CPU. Vendors: Directron - Shipping: US & Canada LOGIC Supply - Shipping: US & Canada NCIX - Shipping: US & Canada Case-Mod - Shipping: US & Canada CaseOutlet - Shipping: US & Canada Kingston Computer Planet - Shipping: Canada ByteWize Computers - Shipping: Canada BWI - Shipping: US mini-ITX - Shipping: International mp3car - Shipping: International eWiz - Shipping: International Froogle - Shipping: Varies Helpful Links Official VIA website Mini-ITX.com EPIA Center Wikipedia Any contributions to this thread are greatly appreciated!