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VIA Nano-ITX Embedded Motherboard

Nano-ITX has been in development for a long time, and finally it’s being released, with the first sightings in Japan’s Akiba (with pictures). Nano-ITX (specifications) offers the smallest “standard” boards to date, and tightly integrates a new onboard UniChrome video chipset with component HDTV support, a re-designed “Luke” CoreFusion CPU, SATA support. It retains the AES/PadLock, while offering new powersaving features. The CPU/Northbridge heatsink is moved to allow better integration into fanless cases. The new Nano-ITX boads will come in two flavors, one being an 800MHz fanless, the other a 1GHz active cooled variant. It’s an amazing level of integration in a tiny package.

The problem is price. A Froogle product search provided only a few links, with the lowest price at US$382.91. For computing performance that’s stomped by any current processor+motherboard from AMD or Intel, this is not an attractive price. It only makes sense if the tiny size and X86 processor are what you seek.

Nano-ITX has been in development for a long time, and finally it’s being released, with the first sightings in Japan’s Akiba (with pictures). Nano-ITX (specifications) offers the smallest “standard” boards to date, and tightly integrates a new onboard UniChrome video chipset with component HDTV support, a re-designed “Luke” CoreFusion CPU, SATA support. It retains the AES/PadLock, while offering new powersaving features. The CPU/Northbridge heatsink is moved to allow better integration into fanless cases. The new Nano-ITX boads will come in two flavors, one being an 800MHz fanless, the other a 1GHz active cooled variant. It’s an amazing level of integration in a tiny package.

The problem is price. A Froogle product search provided only a few links, with the lowest price at US$382.91. For computing performance that’s stomped by any current processor+motherboard from AMD or Intel, this is not an attractive price. It only makes sense if the tiny size and X86 processor are what you seek.