One thing was obvious though during our visit to CeBIT; Canterwood and Springdale motherboards were there in abundance, so it is safe to say that every respectable motherboard manufacturer will have a board available at launch. The other thing that was obvious was the popularity of the Mini-PC, or rather XPC from Shuttle, as we saw a wide variety of new Shuttle XPCs in all sorts of attractive colors and also other manufacturers that were quick to follow in Shuttle’s footsteps with their own version of the XPC.
Fig 22. Another example of two attractive Mini-PCs, especially the below one looks nice, although it uses the VIA Epia platform, and thus isn’t meant for high-performance computing.
We’ve seen some excellent designs and some lesser ones, as although, for example, the VIA Epia platform is nice, it uses a CPU that’s somewhat underpowered for all but the most mundane office tasks. Furthermore, many of the other XPCs, including the VIA Epia platform, do not offer an AGP slot, thus severely limiting the end user in their choice of graphics cards. But nevertheless it is safe to say we’ll see more of the Mini-PC in the next few months.
That concludes our CeBIT 2003 coverage, and although we only managed to show you a selection of the products we’ve come across in the two days we were there, we hope you’ve enjoyed it. If you have any questions, tips or suggestions, or would like to learn more about a certain product or technology be sure to drop us an email and we’d be happy to answer your questions or requests. All of the pictures in this article were taken with the Sony CyberShot f717, 5.0 mega-pixel digital camera.
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