Monday, December 10th 2007

VIA Launches ARTiGO Ultra-Compact PC Kit

VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of x86 silicon and platform solutions, today launched VIA ARTiGO, a DIY builder kit for enthusiasts wanting to build an ultra compact personal computer. Designed by the creators of the Pico-ITX form factor, the VIA ARTiGO Builder Kit offers consumers a more sophisticated DIY experience.

Imagine a complete x86 computer in the palm of your hand – a sleek black x86 system that can handle the day-to-day rigors of modern computing with a full complement of multimedia features. Weighing about 520g (less than 1.2lbs) and measuring a mere 15cm x 11cm x 4cm high (5.9" x 4.3" x 1.8"), the VIA ARTiGO is about half the size of a regular desktop optical drive and can even be installed inside the drive bay of a regular desktop PC.

Available from leading online and IT stores in the US and the UK, the VIA ARTiGO kit contains a VIA EPIA PX10000 Pico-ITX board, chassis, power adapter and all essential accessories, making it the ideal holiday gift for PC enthusiasts. The powerboard has been specially designed to support the remarkably low power draw, with a complete system consuming around 15 watts in idle, while the mainboard itself consumes a maximum of only 20 watts under full load.

The VIA ARTiGO package also supplies all the cabling and port accessories the DIY builder needs. Moreover, the system is customizable – simply add your choice of system memory and hard drive and you’re ready to install your choice of operating system.

"We have been overwhelmed by the positive response to the launch of the Pico-ITX boards from end-users and the embedded industry alike, so we are delighted to now make it easy for enthusiasts to build their own ultra small personal computer," said Daniel Wu, Assistant Vice President, VIA Embedded Platform Division, VIA Technologies, Inc. "The VIA ARTiGO Builder Kit truly leverages the remarkable energy efficiency and power-performance-size ratio of the Pico-ITX form factor, and further cements VIA's position as a leading innovator in the x86 space".

An overview and how-to video on the VIA ARTiGO Builder Kit can be seen on the TechnoVoyance website at:
http://www.technovoyance.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=63&Itemid=1

About the VIA ARTiGO A1000 Pico-ITX Builder Kit

Inside this DIY builder's package you'll find one VIA EPIA PX10000 Pico-ITX board, one VIA PWB-N550 power board, an Ultra-ATA cable, PS/2 cable, COM port, DVI cables and a driver CD. Also included is the tiny black chassis with assembly accessories, a 60-watt power adapter, power cord and easy assembly instruction manual. The VIA ARTiGO chassis measures 15cm x 11cm x 4cm (5.9" x 4.3" x 1.8").

Broadband networking is seamless through the 10/100 Fast Ethernet port, and display output through the VGA port also at the rear supports all regular monitors. Peripheral connectivity, including for the latest keyboards and mice, is made simple through four USB2.0 ports at the front of the chassis, along with two audio jacks for easy access to plug in headphones and microphone.
Powered by the 1GHz VIA C7 processor and supporting up to 1GB of DDR2 533 SO-DIMM system memory, the VIA EPIA PX mainboard is based on the single-chip VIA VX700 system media processor, boasting the VIA UniChrome Pro II IGP 3D/2D graphics core, MPEG-2/-4 and WMV9 hardware decoding acceleration and display flexibility. The onboard VIA VT1708A HD audio codec also contributes a rich entertainment experience.

Further details and specifications are available at: http://www.via.com.tw/en/products/embedded/artigo/

VIA ARTiGO Pricing and Availability

The VIA ARTiGO Builder Kit will be available from December 14th 2007 in the US from Avnet, EPROM Computer Systems, Fry's Electronics, Logic Supply and Ma Lab / Ewiz with a recommended retail price of US$300, and from two UK online retail sites: LinITX.com and Mini-ITX.com. For further details, please contact your local VIA sales representative or send an email to: embedded@via.com.tw.Source: VIA
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15 Comments on VIA Launches ARTiGO Ultra-Compact PC Kit

#1
hacker111
Do it yourself hu....What is wrong with these people...
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#2
Basard
Stick an LCD screen on it, and put a keyboard on top of the case, and you have a DIY laptop. Kinda. They really should start making standard sized laptop cases with interchangeable parts, then I'd buy one.
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#3
Silverel
Wow, this is what VIA has been doing? Pretty cool concept, but can you put something with BALLS in it? Are their integrated graphics worth anything?

"and can even be installed inside the drive bay of a regular desktop PC."
Lol, finally something to do with all those full tower bays. Put Pico-PC's in em...


Is this their answer to the ASUS eeePC?
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#4
erocker
Obviously this is nothing more than a web-surfing, word-editing machine.
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#5
ktr
very nice. Being that this is low power and low heat...this thing would last forever.
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#6
cmberry20
I'm currently in the design stage but I'm going to use that motherboard to build a PC, 250Gb HDD, 1Gb RAM + DVD-RW in a IDE CD-ROM case. This is then going to connect to separate PSU inside a standard (high speed) games PC - it will look just like a CDRom in a 5.25" bay. This way I can boot up either PC & use the mini itx PC as a music/download PC & the main one for games. Using my one monitor to flick between the two. Either PC can be on at any one time - one does not require the other.

The itx PC can be removed (on drive rails) & taken anywhere if you wish.
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#7
ktr
Just check out the website, and this can be fitted in a 5.25 drive bay!
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#8
MopeyMartian
You guys should check out mini-itx.com. Go to their projects section to see what people have been building with these tiny motherboards.
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#9
cdawall
where the hell are my stars
lol i want to take some of those network them together in a big server case and get a micro-super-computer :laugh:
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#10
panchoman
Sold my stars!
you can fit an itx system & and atx system in the mozart case.. but this would make a good backup system convienently located in the 5 inch bay of your main system.
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#11
Cuzza
Hmmmm.... kinda cool. I can envisage one installed in the dash of a car. Quite expensive though, don't you think? As for the whole DIY thing, I don't see the point. You're jus screwing the parts together that they give you in a box. May as well do that at the factory?

Oh I had a geeze at mini-itx.com, pretty neat stuff there, check this one out http://mini-itx.com/projects/attacheserver/ . Computer in a briefcase! cool.
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#12
cmberry20
the Artigo fits into a 5.25" bay - but doesn't come with a DVD-RW drive. I believe with some design tweaking I can fit one in.
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#13
cdawall
where the hell are my stars
by: panchoman
you can fit an itx system & and atx system in the mozart case.. but this would make a good backup system convienently located in the 5 inch bay of your main system.
yea think about a pair of those and then your main system running together :toast:
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#14
MopeyMartian
by: cdawall
lol i want to take some of those network them together in a big server case and get a micro-super-computer :laugh:
Methinks you've been beaten to the punch :rolleyes: http://www.mini-itx.com/projects/cluster/

At least you'll know what to do, or come up with your own recipe. :toast:
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#15
eidairaman1
now if they would release a Robust Desktop Chipset for their C7 Line of CPUs, that has PCI Express 16 and other functions of the higher chipsets out there.
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