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Nov 22, 2011

VIA Intros ARTiGO Barebone Powered by Eden X2 CPU

Over the last couple of months, VIA launched an entire arsenal of compact mainboards for industrial use packing their dual-core Eden and Nano processors, and now the company thought its just about time to release a similar solution of the end-user market.

The result is the compact VIA ARTiGO A1150 barebone system that is built around an 1.0GHz dual core VIA Eden X2 processor seconded by the VIA VX900H chipset.

This media system hub, as VIA likes calling it, sports hardware acceleration support for various HD video formats, including MPEG-2, H.264, VC-1, WMV9 and HDCP for Blu-ray content.

Users have the option of pairing the VIA processors with up to 4GB of system memory via a single SODIMM socket and the A1150 case also packs space for a 2.5-inch SATA HDD or SSD.

Front and back panel I/O includes HDMI and VGA ports, a Gigabit Ethernet port, four USB ports including one micro-USB port, three audio jacks and an optional integrated wireless IEEE 802.11 b/g/n.

According to VIA, the ARTiGO A1150 is ideal for a variety of applications in the home or office, including home server, media streaming and surveillance applications or for being used as a regular desktop PC with a reduced footprint.

"VIA redefinesdual core low power compact computing, bringing all the features of a regular desktop PC into a form factor that needs to be seen to be believed," said Epan Wu, Head of the VIA Embedded Platform Division, VIA Technologies, Inc.

"VIA has a long history in creating leading edge form factor systems, and the VIA ARTiGO A1150 pushes the bounds for ultra-compact desktop computing," concluded the company's rep.

Sadly, VIA hasn't provided us with any information regarding the release date or the pricing of the ARTiGO A1150 barebone.


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