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Shuttle XS29F nettop with VIA Nano CPU

Shuttle XS29F nettop with VIA Nano CPU

VIA and Shuttle have put together the latter's first SSF (small form factor) PC based on the former's Nano processor.  The Shuttle XS29F pairs the Nano U1700 CPU with VIA's VX800 media system processor, meaning that unlike many nettops the XS29F has both VGA and DVI Dual video outputs.

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Intel Pine Trail next-gen Atom chipset detailed

Intel Pine Trail next-gen Atom chipset detailed

Intel's next-gen Atom platform, Pine Trail, may have been reasonably well known before now, but the CPU manufacturer has just released [PDF link] the first official details about the new netbook and nettop chips.  Expected to reach the market later this year, Pine Trail's biggest change is in integrating the graphics core into the processor, slimming down both the overall size and the platform's power requirements.

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Intel Moblin v2.0 beta for netbooks released

Intel Moblin v2.0 beta for netbooks released

Intel have released Moblin v2.0 beta for netbooks and nettops, the latest version of the company's open-source OS for Atom-based devices.  Mobile v2.0 brings with it a new, visually-enhanced GUI, together with the "m_zone" homescreen, integrated Twitter and Last.fm widgets, and a new integrated browser based on Mozilla's engine.

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Pegatron Ultra Slim Atom nettop to use SiS HD graphics not Ion?

Pegatron Ultra Slim Atom nettop to use SiS HD graphics not Ion?

Further details on Pegatron's Intel Atom-based nettop have emerged, courtesy of SiS, and they seem to suggest that the compact PC will not, in fact, use NVIDIA's Ion GPU.  Instead, the Pegatron Ultra Slim Atom Nettop will use the SiS672/968, a low-power chipset that includes high-definition capable graphics and support for two SATA 3Gbps drives.  Pegatron will bundle that with the 1.6GHz Intel Atom 230 processor and up to 2GB of RAM.

 

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ASUS Eee Box B206 reviewed: mixed HD bag

ASUS Eee Box B206 reviewed: mixed HD bag

From the very start, ASUS' Eee Box nettop caught the eye as a potential media PC, and the company themselves threw their hat into the ring with the launch of the Eee Box B206.  Swapping the DVI output for an HDTV-friendly HDMI, and slotting an ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3450 GPU with 256MB of its own DDR2 RAM in instead of the integrated graphics, the B206 promises high-definition playback above its humble Atom roots. 

The Register have been taking a look at the nettop, and in some ways the B206 does deliver.  Standard definition video runs with no problems, and DivX 720p files in Windows Media Player were also smooth; however, the B206 showed itself to be particularly picky about codecs.

The problem is that not all media player apps support DirectX Video Acceleration (DXVA), the technology which lets the Radeon HD 3450 GPU get its teeth into the video.  Without that, it's up to the Atom N270 1.6GHz chip to keep things ticking over, and we already know that Intel's CPU struggles with high-resolution media. 

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DignLab AIO A1 thin-bezel Atom touchscreen nettop

DignLab AIO A1 thin-bezel Atom touchscreen nettop

Most of the touchscreen nettops we've seen - ASUS' Eee Top, MSI's Wind Top, etc. - have been physically very similar, so it's nice to see Korean firm DignLab thinking a little differently with their own 19-inch all-in-one.  The DignLab AIO V1 shrinks down its aluminum bezel to super-skinny dimensions, making the Intel Atom-based nettop look more like a digital photo frame than a PC.

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