VIA launches ultra-compact DIY computer with Eden X2 chip

By on November 23, 2011, 7:30 AM

VIA has revamped its Artigo mini PC, an ultra-compact machine that offers a basic computing platform, but leaves a few doors open for end-user customization. Billed as a "DIY kit," the Artigo A1150 comes readily equipped with a 1.0GHz dual-core VIA Eden X2 processor, a 40nm chip that was unveiled earlier this year for embedded solutions such as the Artigo. The system also packs VIA's VX900H integrated graphics, which provides hardware acceleration to play popular codecs such as H.264, VC-1 and MPEG-2/4 in 1080p HD.

That's a respectable amount of power considering the Artigo's 5.7 x 3.9 x 2-inch chassis -- similarly sized to Zotac's Zbox Nano. The tiny box is riddled with connectivity, including audio in/out jacks, a mic jack, four USB 2.0 ports (two in front and two in back), a micro-USB 2.0 device port, VGA and HDMI outputs, and a Gigabit Ethernet jack. The "DIY" claim refers to the fact that you can add your own RAM and storage. There's one SODIMM slot supporting up to 4GB of DDR3 1066MHz along with a SATA port and room for a 2.5-inch drive.

 

There's not a huge market for compact low-powered machines, so by excluding storage and RAM, VIA ensures that it covers as many bases as possible. Users also have the option to install a module for 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi connectivity as well as an SD card reader. The Eden X2 has native support for 64-bit operating systems, so you can install your preferred edition of Windows or Linux. We haven't seen any pricing information yet, but the single-core Artigo A1100 is fetching about $240, while similar Fusion-based Zotac machines are ~$220.




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Burty117 Burty117, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

If VIA lowered the price to say $180 i think they would have sale from me.

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Jesse Jesse said:

I am was really interested to read that it was smaller than the zbox nano, but the spec sheet for the ZBOX nano VD01 says it's 5x5x1.77". I wouldn't say that's significant. Are we talking about the same thing?

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Matthew Matthew, TechSpot Staff, said:

Absolutely prismatics. I accidentally used the AD02's dimensions for reference when I made that statement. I removed "significantly" from the post. Thanks .

howzz1854 said:

god that thing is Ugly. we're at a day and age where style and design is just as important as function and performance, why does VIA still lag behind and live in the past.

ikesmasher said:

^ you can always cut off the top and put in some plexiglass and LEDs.

But yea, its really, really ugly.

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