Mini-ITX too chubby for you? Find yourself looking scornfully at ASUS’ Eee Box and other nettops, and thinking “I could do better than that”? Then head on over to Lanner, whose new VES-310 single board computer manages to squeeze a 1.66GHz Atom N450 CPU, twin gigabit ethernet ports, four USB 2.0 ports, SODIMM slot and a CF slot onto a slice just 5.7 x 4.1 inches.
Somewhat incogruously, the VES-310 is listed as a “3.5-inch format” board, but it’s still smaller than the 6.7 x 6.7 inch Mini-ITX. Lanner make sure you get plenty of ports, too, including a 12VDC input, VGA and a Mini PCI Express slot as well as the options we’ve previously mentioned. Then there are the headers, offering LVDS, a further two USB 2.0, a parallel port and two serial ports (RS232 and RS422/485), audio and digital I/O (four in/four out).
It looks like the ideal place to start for a low-powered media streamer or embedded PC. No word on pricing, but it’s apparently available now.