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Combo TV/PC gadget runs SUSE Linux on P4

Dec 4, 2006 — by LinuxDevices Staff — from the LinuxDevices Archive — 5 views

Hong Kong based systems integrator Quataris has updated its all-in-one Pentium 4 based analog TV/PC design. The new Ottimo model, which features an innovative mechanical design, supports processors up to 2.8GHz, comes with 15-, 17-, or 19-inch screens, and is available pre-installed with SUSE Linux.

(Click for larger view of Quataris Ottimo design)

Quataris shipped a similar design in April, the QuaNext PC (pictured at right). That device featured a more traditional LCD TV form factor.

The new Ottimo features an interesting design with a combined kickstand and carrying handle. A large button on the front panel switches the device from TV to computer.

The Ottimo can be “customized on order,” Quataris says. However, base specs include:

  • Pentium 4 Processor

  • Intel 945GZ chipset
  • 256MB DDR II RAM, clocked at 533MHz, upgradable to 2GB
  • 80GB ATA hard drive
  • Various optical drive options
  • Display:
    • LCD panel size up to 19-inches
    • Built-in GMA950 graphics
    • Up to 128MB of shared graphics memory
    • 16:10 aspect ratio (widescreen)
    • 1440 x 900 @ 60Hz video output
    • Claimed viewing angles of 170 degrees horizontal, and 140 vertical
    • 16.2 million colors
  • Realtek AC97 audio and 10/100/1000 LAN chips
  • 6 x USB 2.0, plus audio I/O, s-video, and other ports
  • NTSC/PAL/SECAM tuner
  • Runs Linux or Microsoft OSes; available preinstalled with SUSE Linux
  • 100 to 240V 50/60 Hz power
  • 18.3 x 16.6 x 3.1 inches (19-inch display model)


The Ottimo design appears to be ready to manufacture, with prices starting at 1,000 Euros.

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