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Seagate Introduces Constellation: All-Star Enterprise Hard Drives, Sized Upto 2TB

Seagate today introduced its Constellation family ofnew enterprise storage solutions for Tier 2 nearline storage applications. The two new drive models, the 2.5-inch Constellation and the 3.5-inch Constellation ES hard drives, include a combination of features that enable high capacities, increased power efficiency, enterprise-class reliability, and data security. Both drives also include PowerChoice from Seagate, which decreases power consumption by up to 54% for record power savings in enterprise environments.

"The need for greater storage capacity will continue to expand in multiple directions and dimensions, but there will be an increasing scrutiny of all storage system purchases, with an eye to decreasing power consumption, footprint, and cost per GB in unprecedented ways," said John Monroe, a research vice president at Gartner. "Performance will not be ignored, but a flexible balance of capacity, cost per GB, power and speed will become more crucial in fulfilling end-user storage demands at varied price points."

SilverStone Intros Sugo SG05 PC Chassis, Suited for Small Form Factor PCs

SilverStone Technology introduced today SG05, a new member of the Sugo family of barebone computer cases. Measuring just 218mm x 276mm x 175mm, this is without a doubt a small form factor PC case that fits a mini-ITX or mini-DTX motherboard with two PCI slots, and single graphics that's up to 230mm in length. The case comes with a 300W PSU, and there's room for a slim laptop-like optical drive, as well as one 3.5-inch drive or two 2.5-inch drives. Cooling is provided by a single 120mm front mounted intake fan. SilverStone warns that processor coolers should be smaller than 82mm in order to fit inside. The front of the case also features audio outputs and two USB ports. Retails availability of the SilverSonte Sugo SG05 is planed for mid-January 2009 at a recommended price of €83 excluding VAT. For more information, please visit SilverStone.

VIA Unveils First Pico-ITXe Board with Stackable I/O Expansion at ESC Boston

VIA Technologies, Inc., a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today announced the VIA EPIA-P710, the world's first single board computer based on the new Pico-ITXe specification of the Small Form Factor Special Interest Group (SFF-SIG), providing a more rational approach to system design.

Supporting up to four customizable I/O expansion modules, the VIA EPIA-P710 Pico-ITXe enables a highly flexible and affordable implementation of serial connectivity options. Designed as the perfect baseboard, the VIA EPIA-P710 uses an intelligent board layout to allow efficient module stacking and aid heat dissipation.

Microsoft to Create Special Version of Windows Vista for ASUS EeePC

When Microsoft discovered that the ASUS EeePC would come with Linux as the standard operating system, Microsoft was "astounded". And so, Microsoft is working hard to create a special version of Windows Vista that's small enough to run on an ASUS EeePC. This is much better (and cheaper) than alternative ways to get Windows on an EeePC. ASUS revealed earlier that with a little bit of tweaking, it is possible to get a retail copy of Windows XP working on the small 2-8GB SSD drive, and still have enough space for applications, and posted Windows XP drivers on their website in response. Neither ASUS or Microsoft have any comment as to when we can see this special version of Vista on the laptop, or how much it will cost.

TOMARNI is Introducing „Jungfernheide“

"Jungfernheide" is the world's smallest lifestyle computer which can be set up with the 8800 Series of NVIDIA. As always at TOMARNI, it is available in over 200 colors.

"Jungfernheide" was designed to offer the discerning user a reliable computer system which ideally fits into any living environment. Due to the special build of the body, for the first time a Nvidia GeForce 8800 graphics card can be used even though the system measures only 280 x 250 x 353 mm. To ensure "Jungfernheide" blends into any living environment, design as well as noise emission was optimized. The introductory offer is priced at € 899, sales tax included.

VIA Introduces Dual-LAN, Dual-LVDS Mini-ITX Mainboard

Taipei, Taiwan, 26 June 2007 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator and developer of silicon chip technologies and PC platform solutions, today announced the VIA EPIA LT-Series Mini-ITX mainboard based on the VIA CX700 system media processor. Powered by the highly efficient 1.5GHz or fanless 1.0GHz VIA C7 processor, the VIA EPIA LT has a maximum operating power consumption of less than 20 watts.

The VIA EPIA LT mainboard incorporates a number of innovative features for the fast-growing x86-based embedded market, such as greater device performance, clearer definition video and storage technologies, and a full feature I/O set including two LAN ports and native support for two LVDS panels, four COM ports, a PCI slot and up to six USB 2.0 ports. Project-based customers also have the option of a VIA CX700M2 version with added TV-out functionality.

Fujitsu Lifebook U the worlds smallest laptop

Fujitsu Japan has announced the super compact Lifebook U laptop which rightfully earns the title of 'the world's smallest and lightest notebook'. With a footprint of 171×133×26.5 mm, carrying it around should pose no problems, additionally, it weighs a mere 580 grams. It is powered by Intel's A110 processor clocked at 800Mhz and features a Intel 945GU Express chipset which has an onboard graphics processor. Specs include Wi-Fi, Ethernet, a fingerprint sensor, 1 x USB 2.0 port, CF and SD card slot and lastly a VGA out. The Lifebook U runs on Windows XP Professional or Vista Business. Watching movies wont be fun on the 5.6 inch (1024 x 600) display but you can surely send emails and make the cost sheet. The LCD doubles as a touch screen and can be rotated and twisted.

Intel builds mini ITX motherboard around SiS chipset

After AMD bought ATI Intel stopped producing motherboards with ATI chipsets. It seems Intel has found a new partner in SiS. Using the SiS662 Intel plans to take on the VIA Epia series by introducing a similar mini ITX platform. Powered by a Yonah based Celeron 1.33 and a SiS Mirage 1 graphics chip to hardware decode DVD the D201GLY "Little valley" will feature everything required to be used in a media cente; 10/100 LAN, six USB 2.0 ports, a DDR2 slot and a PCI slot which can hold a TV tuner for example.
Pricing is unknown as of now, though Little valley should be available early June at the latest.

Intel brings Core 2 Duo to low-power chips

Intel is rolling out a pair of ultra-low power chips for compact notebooks and small PCs.

The two new Core 2 Duo chips only consume a maximum of 10 watts of power when running full speed, which makes them ideal for ultraportable notebooks or other devices where size or battery life is at a premium. As a comparison, Intel's Core 2 Duo processors for regular notebooks consume about 34 watts of power at maximum performance.

Intel will offer the chips in two speeds, the U7600 runs at 1.2GHz and the U7500 runs at 1.06GHz.

VIA Pico-ITX about as small as a deck of playing cards

Most of you know that AMD is trying to save power and space by releasing the Micro-ITX platform. VIA has decided that they want in on this market, and so they went and made their own little thing. And when I say little, I mean little. Measuring in at barely 100mm x 72mm (full ATX is 1200mm x 960mm), VIA's new motherboard comes with onboard network, processor, graphics, and is completely fanless. Just like AMD, VIA is trying to make a platform that not only is extremely tiny, but power-efficient. Have a look.

Shuttle Readies CarPC

Shuttle last week at CeBIT demonstrated its CarPC system for automotive integration. The upcoming Shuttle CarPC measures in at 11" (D) x 9.1" (W) x 2.8" (H) and is capable of operating under temperatures of 95 degrees Fahrenheit stably. The power supply integrated in the Shuttle CarPC has automotive specific features. It automatically starts the system when the car starts, automatically shuts down the system when the car is turned off, and also eliminates the voltage fluctuations. Specifications of the Shuttle CarPC include Intel Core Duo T2400 paired with the mobile 945GM chipset (featuring integrated Intel GMA 950 graphics). There's also an integrated high-definition audio with one line-output and one S/PDIF. Shuttle does not integrate an optical drive, GPS or wireless Internet in the CarPC; however, customers may add the devices via the four USB ports. The system uses a conventional keyboard and mouse as well as a touch-screen display for input.

PC Industry Rallying Behind DTX Specification to Enable Small Form Factor Adoption

Further demonstrating its commitment to lead the world to energy-efficient computing, AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced strong ecosystem support for DTX, the open standard specification driven by AMD to enable the broad development of small form factor (SFF) PCs. DTX has been developed to empower industry stakeholders to deliver innovative, energy-efficient small form factor solutions that are smaller, quieter, and desktop-friendly, all while delivering rich visual experiences. Companies including Akasa, Albatron, ASUS, Asetek, Compucase, ECS, Founder, FSP, Gigabyte, Hedy, NVIDIA, Shuttle, SilverStone Technology, Thermaltake, and Tongfang have expressed support for DTX, as well as their intent to develop and bring innovative solutions to market designed that benefit both businesses and consumers.

CeBIT: Ultra-Mobile PCs and other Mini-Notebooks


With a breathtaking pixel density of 263 dpi text and graphics look like printed on the 4.5 inch display (1024x600 pixel) of Sony's Vista Ultra-Mobile PC 'UX1XN'. The mini notebook can be operated with a pen on the screen or with the keyboard which will be revealed if you move the display up. The unit is powered by a 1.33GHz Core Solo (533MHz FSB, 2MB L2-Cache), comes with 1GB RAM, a 32GB Flash hard disk (SSD).

AMD Releases DTX Specification

AMD has officially announced its DTX specification. DTX is an open industry standard specification initiated by AMD to help enable the broad adoption of small form factor quiet and desktop-friendly PCs. All DTX motherboards will have two expansion slots. Motherboard manufacturers are free to decide the configuration of these expansion slots, which can be PCI, PCIe or both. DTX motherboards will receive power via 24-pin power connector and auxiliary +12v 4-pin connector as standard ATX motherboards too. Other final mechanical specifications of the DTX form factor are available on AMD's DTXPC website.

Shuttle Introduces its First Quad-core SFF Workstation

Shuttle has announced the availability of its first quad-core powered small form factor (SFF) workstations. Shuttle's XPC P2 3700w full systems offer big performance in a compact package while retaining Energy Star compliance for low power consumption. In addition to quad-core, the XPC P2 3700w workstations can be configured with up to 8GB of DDR2 ECC memory and 64-bit operating system such as Microsoft Windows Vista Business 64-bit and Windows XP Professional 64-bit in order to utilize the whole memory capacity. Furthermore, Shuttle offers the XPC P2 3700w with a selection of ATI FireGL and Nvidia Quadro graphics cards. Quad-core powered Shuttle P2 3700w workstations are available immediately starting at $1649 with 24 months Pick-Up-And-Return Service warranty.

Origen AE introduces the S21T

There are a lot of different HTPC cases out there, but this one takes the top spot. The Origen AE may be larger than the usual HTPC case, but it has space for 10 hard drives, is made out of aluminum and has a 12.1 inch screen with a resolution of 1920x1200. Yes 1080p on a 12.1 inch screen. It comes with a removable mainboard tray and 3 fans.

A PC that fits into your wall


Computers are getting gradually smaller and smaller, but this is a nice piece of engineering. Featuring a CPU with the equivalent of up to 1.2GHz worth of power, 64MB of flash memory and 128MB of RAM, this isn't a computing powerhouse but it is quite impressive. Made by Chip PC, and named the Jack PC, this little computer will fit comfortably into your standard network socket. It won't be any good for graphics either, with only 8MB of video memory, but it does have four USB ports, stereo sound, a 24-bit colour output and runs on Windows CE (similar to the Windows that runs on PDAs and smartphones). It only consumes 5W of power at full load and can run via power over Ethernet or an external supply. Priced at £349 for the top model or £209 for the lowest spec, this could be useful in tight space areas where only office applications and the internet are needed.

World’s smallest x86 PC gets an upgrade


OQO, the maker of the world's smallest x86 based computer, has announced an upgraded version of its miniature PC. The old specs featured a 1GHz CPU, 256MB of RAM and a 20GB hard drive, which have now been upgraded to include up to a 1.5GHz Via C7 processor, 1GB of RAM and a 60GB hard drive. This machine should now be fairly capable of running Windows Vista (possibly without Aero) and it already copes nicely with the full version of XP. It also features a new docking station and supports EVDO, so you can browse the web from almost any developed area. Prices start at $1499 for the 1.2GHz model with 512MB of RAM and a 30GB hard drive, going up to $1849 for the top model. All models feature WiFi and Bluetooth.

AMD Announces Development of DTX Form Factor

AMD today announced development of DTX, an open standard specification designed by AMD to enable the broad adoption of small form factor PCs. The DTX standard will be designed to empower OEMs, ODMs, and component vendors to deliver innovative solutions to market that are smaller, quieter, and desktop-friendly, while leveraging commonalities within the ecosystem that benefit both customers and end users. The DTX standard will take advantage of the existing ATX infrastructure and benefits, including cost efficiency, system options and backward-compatibility, to allow for ground-breaking PC design. A review copy of the DTX specifications is planned to be made available by AMD in Q1 2007.

Shuttle Launches its Smallest Media Centre Solution - the Shuttle XPC mini X 200


Shuttle Inc., introduced today the Shuttle XPC mini X 200 series. Similar to models of the X 100 series, these SFF PCs measure only 55mm in height with a surface barely the size of an A4 sheet of paper. The Shuttle XPC mini X 200 launches with two base configurations: the Shuttle XPC mini X 200MA(€948) targeting Media Centre users and the Shuttle XPC mini X 200BA(€743) for use in offices. Although its dimensions, the XPC X200 Series adopts Intel's Core2 Duo processors, fast DDR2 memory and a 3.5 inch standard hard drive. The integrated Intel graphics engine with DVI/VGA-out can easily work with up to two monitors. The Shuttle XPC mini X 200 is also equipped with a hybrid TV tuner, DVD Writer, infrared remote control with built-in receiver in the front panel, 8-channel HD-audio with digital SPDIF-out, integrated networking and optional Wireless LAN technology. Available now, the Shuttle XPC mini X 200 comes with an external fanless power supply for nearly noiseless operation.

Shuttle Introduces 1337 and 1337 SDXi Gaming Systems


Shuttle announced the launch of its newest lineup of gaming PCs-1337 and 1337 SDXi system. Just imagine: Intel Core 2 Extreme Edition X6800 or QX6700 processor, 2x AMD ATI Radeon X1950 XTX CrossFire video cards, 2GB Crucial Ballistix DDR2-800, Western Digital Raptor 150GB and fully internal liquid-cooling system all squeezed in a small form factor barebone case. The Shuttle 1337 SDXi is the result. You'll also recieve unique paint job for the case, the Razer Copperhead mouse and the Saitek Eclipse keyboard. The liquid-cooling system employed in 1337 systems is completely self-contained, maintenance free and guaranteed not to leak. Shuttle 1337 SDXi systems will be available late December starting at $4999. For more information, please click here.
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