VIA Respond to our Petition!
December 03, 2003
VIA, creators of the Mini-ITX motherboard form factor, have issued the following official response to the online Petition we started last week:
Dear VIA EPIA Mini-ITX mainboard enthusiasts
We appreciate your valuable feedback and comments from the Release All EPIA Motherboards into Distribution petition. As always, it is great to get feedback from the people who use our products and we are committed to finding ways to meet your needs.
To ensure compatibility of other system components with VIA EPIA TC Mini-ITX mainboards, we are working closely with selected channel partners who are able to provide a range of compatible accessories such as 12V DC-to-DC power supplies and LVDS panels in a number of bundle options, e.g. from a board and power supply to a barebones system to a full system including a monitor and operating system.
We believe that this decision will lead to greater customer satisfaction with the convenience of purchasing various components from a single vendor and removing the need for often expensive and frustrating compatibility testing of parts.
In the past, VIA has reacted quickly and positively to feedback from Mini-ITX enthusiasts, as can be seen with the launch of the VIA EPIA M-Series of mainboards that provide improved digital media performance for applications like DVD playback. We will continue to make your suggestions a top priority in the development of future products and would like to thank you once again for your suggestions and comments.
It will be interesting to see how this policy shift will affect the availabilty of the more specialised boards - it will take several weeks for any product to actually filter into retail. It looks like the same rule will apply for LVDS MII and M-Series boards - if a VIA channel partner is able to provide an LVDS panel with a board, then they can sell it as a barebones solution or bundle deal. The forthcoming EPIA TC boards will be available from VIA channel partners can provide an approved (i.e. tested) power supply to end users.
Keep signing the petition - we set it to end in January, and can't turn it off...
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