Via Will Debut an Android-Based Sub-$200 Media Player at DSE

via-mediaplayer-0315VIA Technologies just told rAVe that it will announce a line of commercial-grade Android digital signage players at DSE 2015, including the VIA ALTA DS 2, which runs dual displays in extended mode and outputs 4K on a single display.

The VIA ALTA DS Series features a choice of single and dual display Android-based media players for managing multi-display deployments (in an affordable way). Applications range from digital sign and menu boards to Digital Out of Home Advertising (DOOH) across a broad spectrum of retail, hospitality, entertainment, transportation, corporate and entertainment environments.

The VIA ALTA DS 2 is compact fanless Android media player which offers dual independent Full HD screen support as well as these features:

  • 1.0GHz dual core VIA Elite E1000 Cortex-A9 SoC with a high-performance 2D/3D graphics and video engine that supports Open GL ES 3.0 hardware acceleration and simultaneous multiple Full HD video playback
  • Dual-screen support with optional second HDMI port
  • Extended and independent screen content support
  • 2GB DDR3 SDRAM and up to 16GB eMMC Flash memory onboard
  • Two HDMI-out ports; two USB 2.0 ports; two mini-USB 2.0 ports, one Gigabit Ethernet port; Audio-out/Mic-in; one SD card slot

The VIA ALTA DS is a fanless system with a single output as well as these features:

  • VIA Cortex-A9 SoC with advanced 2D/3D graphics and HD video playback capabilities
  • 1GB DDR3 SDRAM and up to 16GB eMMC Flash memory onboard
  • HDMI and VGA (optional) ports; four USB 2.0 ports; one 10/100 Ethernet port; Audio-out/Mic-in,
  • Auto power on when plugged
  • Optional Wi-Fi card

Both VIA ALTA DS systems are available with a signage software solution pack featuring Android 4.3 as well as the VIA Smart ETK comprising a number of APIs, including Watchdog Timer (WDT) for safeguarding against system crashes, WOL, RTC wake-up, and a sample app. A full set of software customization services that speed up time to market and minimize development costs is also available. For customers looking for large-scale network signage and kiosk deployments, VIA offers cloud-based device management support for remote monitoring, control, and silent OTA software updates for both OS and apps.

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All the tech specs are here and they will be priced starting at $180 US for the VIA ALTA DS and $195 US for the VIA ALTA DS 2.