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congatec BM57 SFF PC module packs Core i7 CPU

congatec BM57 SFF PC module packs Core i7 CPU

Who said small-form-factor (SFF) or embedded PCs have to be puny weaklings?  congatec have outed their latest SFF module, the conga-BM57, and rather than an Atom, Nano or ARM processor it's rocking a full Intel Core i7-620M running at 2.66GHz, paired with up to 8GB of DDR3 RAM.  Impressive stuff, considering the whole board measures 95 x 125 mm and includes onboard graphics.

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VIA Mobile-ITX shrinks computer-on-module even further

VIA Mobile-ITX shrinks computer-on-module even further

VIA have announced their latest embedded device mainboard, and if you thought Pico-ITX had been spending too much time among the pie-aisles then the VIA Mobile-ITX form factor should please you.  Measuring 6 x 6 cm - 50-percent smaller than Pico-ITX, in fact - the board is a computer-on-system module incorporating CPU, memory and chipset, and is intended to be paired with IO boards offering various degrees of connectivity.

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Lucid Hydra 200 powers MSI Big Bang mainboard

Lucid Hydra 200 powers MSI Big Bang mainboard

One of the things that always bothered me about gaming mainboards was that most of them could only support multiple video cards from one brand, and all boards require the same type of card. That means that if you had a NVIDIA 9800 GTX sitting around when you got your new GTX 280 that 9800 GTX was no good to you.

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