Via Technologies has introduced the EPIA-N Nano-ITX motherboard, the smallest PC motherboard form factor to hit the market so far.
The Nano-ITX motherboard is based on Via's CN400 chipset and works with Via's Eden-N processor running at speeds up to 1GHz.
The Eden-N does not require a cooling fan and measures 1.5cms by 1.5cms, smaller than any other x86 processor, Via said at the CeBIT trade show in Hannover.
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The CN400 chipset offers an integrated graphics core, hardware acceleration for MPEG2 and MPEG4 video and supports up to 1Gbyte of DDR (Double Data Rate) DRam (dynamic Ram). In addition to the Eden-N, the CN400 also supports Via's Eden, C3 and Antaur processors running at speeds up to 1.4GHz.
The first PC based on the Nano-ITX motherboard is expected to start shipping within the next three months. Called Nanode, the PC measures 9.4cms by 15cms by 16cms, making it one of the smallest fully configured desktop computers produced so far.
Hoojum Design designed the device, which Mini-ITX.com (www.mini-itx.com/) will sell online. Nanode pricing has not been finalised.
The Nanode will be available in two versions. The PC version will ship with a CD-Rom drive, a 20Gbyte or 40Gbyte hard drive and optional 802.11b wireless networking. The second version is a thin client without a CD-Rom drive and hard drive.
Sumner Lemon writes for IDG News Service