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Computex Taipei 2005 - Part 6
By Zachary Chan
Category : Events
Published by Vijay Anand on Saturday, 4th June, 2005

AOpen Revisited

In our first part of Computex Taipei 2005 coverage, we focused on AOpen's range of CE oriented A/V products like the Cinema AV, Media Server and HDD DVR recorders. As more information is now available, lets revisit AOpen and take a look at their PC component attractions that has been making heads turn.

Remind you of anything? We knew Mac mini clones would pop up eventually, but we didn't think AOpen would be the first. Showcasing their little love child from a union with Intel, the yet to be christened PC is actually even smaller in dimensions than the Mac mini, measuring in at a mere 150 x 150 x 50mm cube. The unit displayed was running on a 915GM platform supporting Pentium M processors and up to 1GB of SO-DIMM memory. It uses a 2.5-inch HDD and has a single slot-in optical drive unit.

The rear of AOpen's ultra-compact-PC features the available connectivity options. From its current specifications, it has built-in support for all types of network connectivity, from USB to FireWire, from Ethernet to Wireless LAN (built-in antenna). AOpen mentioned that it even has an optional Bluetooth component too.

The i915Ga-HSF motherboard is one of AOpen's latest desktop motherboards with support for the Pentium M processor. Based on the Intel 915G chipset, the board features GMA900 integrated graphics but also has PCI Express x16 support for discreet graphics solutions. Some of its other features include Gigabit LAN, SATA II and Azalia HD audio.

ATX too big for your liking? Then AOpen's BTX i915GMm-HFS might suit you better. With commercial BTX form factor boards becoming available, building compact, quiet but powerful PCs are possible. It also features the 915G chipset for Pentium M support, boasts dual PCIe Gigabit LAN and dual DDR/DDR2 memory compatibility.

AOpen also had a range of new motherboards that support the latest dual core Pentium processors. The i945Pa-PLF is one such board, featuring an Intel 945P Express chipset and the latest ICH7 Southbridge. The board has FireWire support, Gigabit LAN, HD Audio as a standard feature package. Likewise, AOpen also has an Intel 945G based version, the i945Ga-PLF, which features the updated GMA950 integrated graphics engine in addition to all that the Intel 945P version had to offer.

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