Welcome back! Things are slowly getting back to normal here at the office, as we finally seemed to have conquered the bulk of press brochures, product announcements, press releases and other information gathered at CeBIT. Obviously CeBIT was the most suitable event to launch a new product in Europe, or even worldwide and many manufacturers indeed took advantage of the accumulated worldwide press present at the event. In case you missed our CeBIT coverage, you can find it right here although this is just a short impression of the huge number of products and technology on display during the show. One thing was obvious though; 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.
Fig 1. 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.
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. 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.
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