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  • VIA and WorldVibrations Introduce Radio Station-in-a-Box

    Las Vegas, USA and Taipei, Taiwan, 17 November 2003 - An international silicon chip giant and a former broadcaster are poised to set radio on its ear with a complete digital radio station in a box. VIA Technologies, Inc., a leading innovator and developer of silicon chip technologies and PC platform solutions and WorldVibrations, a California-based developer of multimedia production solutions, today launched the WorldVibrations Radio Station, an all-in-one professional quality appliance based on the VIA EPIA M10000 Mini-ITX mainboard and the highly acclaimed VIA Envy24 audio controller, for on-the-air, Internet, corporate network, satellite or in-house broadcasting.

    Designed to empower communities and communicators, the WorldVibrations Radio Station makes it easy for people with no previous radio experience to program anything from a professional round-the-clock music or information radio station to corporate programming, local arts performances, sporting events, church services and more.

    At the heart of the small form factor, Microsoft® Windows®-based production studio and streaming station is the VIA EPIA M10000, a 6.5” x 6.5” mainboard, which integrates digital audio outputs with rich connectivity options including networking, USB and Firewire. Having eliminated the need for any noisy cooling fans, the power-efficient, native x86 system runs studio-quiet with 12-volt on-location operation.

    “The WorldVibrations Radio Station enables people and organizations to communicate music, education, news and entertainment beyond their borders using the Internet, and into their own communities,” said Richard Brown, Associate Vice President of Marketing, VIA Technologies, Inc. “While the versatile VIA EPIA M-Series mainboards have inspired a wide array of PC and, increasingly, consumer electronics digital media devices, WorldVibrations is taking the technology into a whole new realm of professional broadcasting, and does so in a highly attractive and compact package.”

    Housed in a sleek aluminum case that has the look of a high-end stereo component, the easy to use WorldVibrations Radio Station performs all of the functions of a radio station, offering a live or fully automated “on-air” studio, a production studio and streaming media encoding in one studio-quiet, small, low power consuming package.

    Outstanding audio quality is achieved with the VIA Envy24 audio controller, a standard in professional recording studios worldwide. The WorldVibrations Radio Station has audio input connectors for professional studio microphones and audio consoles, and outputs for amplifiers or public address systems for stores and shopping malls and, if licensed, radio transmission equipment.

    “Internet and low power community radio are powerful and increasingly popular alternatives to generic, centralized mainstream media,” said Russell Johnson, president of WorldVibrations. “The WorldVibrations Radio Station is for an organization with passion, a company with a message, a musical group with talent, a sports team with fans around the world, a church with inspiration, and anybody else who needs to be heard. The low power consumption, low noise, connectivity and professional audio features of VIA’s technologies have allowed us to pack a whole studio of equipment into a system about the size of a VCR and bring the cost within the reach of professional broadcaster and hobbyist alike.”

    The WorldVibrations Radio Station can operate fully automated and unattended, precisely scheduling programs, music and announcements 24 hours a day, seven days a week or it can be taken to a remote location to broadcast live performances, conferences, news or sporting events. It can run in the background while its professional audio interfaces and software are used to record, organize, store and schedule new programming, print out logs and automatically create Web program schedules.

    WorldVibrations Radio Station Pricing and Availability

    The WorldVibrations Radio Station will be available in January, 2004 at an estimated price of US$2,495 Additional product and order information can be found at:

    About the VIA EPIA M10000 Mini-ITX Mainboard

    The VIA EPIA M10000 Mini-ITX Mainboard is the second generation 17cm x 17cm platform optimized for today’s killer digital video and audio applications, and is compatible with Microsoft Windows 2K/ME/XP and a variety of Linux-based operating systems. Featuring the new 1GHz VIA C3™ processor with enhanced digital media performance, and the VIA UniChrome CLE266 chipset with an embedded MPEG-2 decoder and the integrated UniChrome 2D/3D graphics core, the VIA EPIA M10000 platform provides smooth DVD playback and a rich overall entertainment experience.

    With the sizable memory bandwidth of DDR266 SDRAM and the high data transfer speeds of ATA/133, the VIA EPIA M10000 ensures the high performance levels required of today’s most popular digital media and productivity applications. The user’s digital media experience is further enhanced by support for 5.1 surround sound, courtesy of the onboard VIA Vinyl Six-TRAC audio. The latest in high-bandwidth connectivity is supported with IEEE1394 and USB 2.0 connections provided, as well as S-Video and RCA TV-Out (NTSC & PAL) and 10/100 Fast Ethernet for seamless broadband connectivity. The VIA EPIA M10000 also offers support for the latest LVDS embedded LCD panels, has one PCI slot for expandability options, and is compatible with a full range of Mini-ITX chassis as well as FlexATX and MicroATX enclosures.

    For more information on the full range of VIA EPIA M-Series Mini-ITX mainboards please visit:

    About the VIA Envy24 Multi-channel Audio Controller

    Providing a full featured high performance solution, the VIA Envy24 is a professional, versatile PCI multi-channel I/O controller designed with the audio connoisseur in mind. One of the first Audio Controllers to support 24-bit resolutions, the VIA Envy24 also supports 96kHz sampling rates, and integrates a total of 12 inputs and 12 outputs for analog and digital connections, meeting the most demanding playback and recording requirements. Integrating a high resolution digital mixer, the VIA Envy24 enables up to 20 channels of mixing power, which is aimed specifically for monitoring final outputs and for making master copies for budget conscious studios; it also includes a Microsoft Win9x architecture based DirectSound accelerator that interfaces to AC'97 devices.

    Applications for the VIA Envy24 include professional high-end PCI audio, computer based telephony, discrete multi-channel audio and general purpose multi-channel I/O. More technical applications include PC-based multi-track audio, PC-based data acquisition, PC-based waveform generation, PC-based instrumentation, and PC-based control and automation. For more information on VIA Envy24 audio controller, please visit:

    About WorldVibrations

    WorldVibrations is a division of Travelmedia, which has been involved in communications consulting and digital media production since 1982 for international organizations and corporations. Its mission, in developing the WorldVibrations Radio Station, is to empower new voices in media and advance the quality and affordability of media technology. Located in Mill Valley, California, Travelmedia and WorldVibrations were founded by Russell Johnson, a 30-year veteran of broadcasting, journalism and media for international clients.

    About VIA Technologies, Inc.

    VIA Technologies, Inc. is the foremost fabless supplier of market-leading core logic chipsets, low power x86 processors, advanced connectivity, multimedia, networking and storage silicon, and complete platform solutions that are driving system innovation in the PC and embedded markets. Headquartered in Taipei, Taiwan, VIA’s global network links the high tech centers of the US, Europe and Asia, and its customer base includes the world’s top OEMs, motherboard vendors and system integrators. VIA is listed on the Taiwan Stock Exchange (TSE2388) and achieved annual revenues of over US$720 million in 2002.