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Mini PC uses Via’s dual-core Nano

Jun 7, 2011 — by Jonathan Angel — from the LinuxDevices Archive — views

Zotac announced a mini-PC featuring Via's recently announced, dual-core Nano X2 processor. The latest in the company's “Zbox” line, it features four USB ports, an Ethernet port, both HDMI and DVI/DisplayPort video outputs, and an eSATA port, according to the company.

Zotac has historically been eager to adopt new processor technology when it comes to its "Zbox" mini-PCs. To cite recent examples, the Zbox AD03 announced in January featured AMD's then-new, 1.6GHz E-350, while 2009's ZD HD-ID11 was one of the first devices to combine Intel's Atom D510 processor with Nvidia's Ion 2 graphics.

Now, the company has done it again with its latest Zbox product (whose full name has yet to be released). Shown off at last week's Computex show, the mini-PC becomes one of the only devices we've seen to use Via's dual-core Nano X2. Pin-compatible with earlier Nanos, this processor comes in "1.2+ GHz" and "1.6+ GHz" versions and works with companion chips such as the VX900 (an HD-ready part announced in March 2010).

Only a brief press release regarding the new Zbox was provided, along with some photos. Therefore, we can't say how much RAM the device accepts, which companion chip it employs, or what there is in the way of internal storage.


Zotac's Nano X2-powered Zbox
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Zotac did offer the image above, making it plain that the Zbox offers an HDMI port, a dual-mode DVI/DisplayPort connector, and an Ethernet port. The device also has two USB 3.0 ports (recognizable by their blue coloring), two USB 2.0 ports, and an eSATA port for an external storage device.

Richard Brown, vice president of marketing for Via, stated, "The Zotac Zbox is a great example of the kinds of innovations in form factor design that are possible on our low-power Via Nano X2 dual-core processor platform. It provides an excellent solution for home and office users seeking a premium computing experience in an ultra compact size."

Further information

As noted above, Zotac did not provide further product details. They should eventually appear on the company's Zbox product page.

Jonathan Angel can be reached at [email protected] and followed at www.twitter.com/gadgetsense.


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