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Pegatron, Nvidia Show Off Bamboo Mini HTPC

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Pegatron has revealed a miniature home theater PC running on Nvidia's Tegra 2.

Engadget today reports seeing a teeny, tiny HTPC from Pegatron and Nvidia. While the details on capabilities or even software are pretty scant, the device is said to pack HDMI, Ethernet, microphone and speaker plugs around back. Of course, it's also got Nvidia's Tegra 2 inside (announced at CES in January), which we know runs Android or Windows CE and is capable of 1080p and Flash video.

No word on price or release but the bamboo finish sure is cute.

Click on through to Engadget for more pictures.

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    rollerdisco , March 25, 2010 6:27 PM
    A Small HTPC that you can hide behind a wall mounted LCD is always a good thing. If you could load XBMC on it then i would be sold.
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    mister g , March 25, 2010 6:38 PM
    If it had a SSD or USB flash drive support I might get it. Otherwise what's the point?
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    doomtomb , March 25, 2010 6:45 PM
    The size of that thing... it's smaller than my external hard drive...
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    Drag0nR1der , March 25, 2010 6:46 PM
    A teeny tiny media device like this must be limited on storage space, if this is (most likely) the case, then having to run an ethernet (or maybe USB?) cable to it is an inelegant solution if you are placing it either hidden from view or just anywhere in the living room. WiFi stands out as a serious omission in my view
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    thackstonns , March 25, 2010 6:47 PM
    mister gIf it had a SSD or USB flash drive support I might get it. Otherwise what's the point?


    Cheap Media Server
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    Drag0nR1der , March 25, 2010 6:54 PM
    dreamphantom_1977Why the cheap 1980's woodgrain?


    Err, they said its bamboo... which is actually pretty 'fashionable' at the moment... 80's wood grain effect looked very different to this. Also if you look at the photo's on engadget's site its clearly real bamboo and not a veneer (which I assume is what you mean by 'wood grain effect'), and looks pretty good because of it too.
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    warezme , March 25, 2010 6:54 PM
    not wood grain, read, its bamboo, you know green, recycle
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    Drag0nR1der , March 25, 2010 6:59 PM
    mister gIf it had a SSD or USB flash drive support I might get it. Otherwise what's the point?


    The engadget photo's show two usb slots... i dont think flash drive support is likely to be overlooked given the presence of ports.
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    gsacks , March 25, 2010 7:01 PM
    I don't care if it IS real bamboo. It still reminds me of my father's Oldsmobile. Yuck. And using bamboo isn't green either. A bamboo shortage is threatening the Panda population. Has been like that for years.
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    megamanx00 , March 25, 2010 7:05 PM
    Meh.
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    milktea , March 25, 2010 7:08 PM
    Does it support RMVB? My FreeAgent Theater+ supports MP4 and RMVB.
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    okoaomo , March 25, 2010 7:10 PM
    rollerdiscoA Small HTPC that you can hide behind a wall mounted LCD is always a good thing. If you could load XBMC on it then i would be sold.


    There is not much out there better than XBMC...

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    okoaomo , March 25, 2010 7:15 PM
    I'm sure it will have some lame attempt at an OS that will pale in compare to XBMC. Thus you will have to port your own version to it and waste many hours getting it to your own GUI standards.
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    Honis , March 25, 2010 7:19 PM
    Did they use the left over wood screws from the Fermi demo?


    Looks cool, but I'll wait on real specs. Until then it's no better than a block of wood.
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    Zinosys , March 25, 2010 7:23 PM
    Well, at this point, Tegra 2 is more interesting to me than Fermi.

    Just imagine the possibilities. If you can have a system this small and work well, then the impact for the tablet market will be great! :D 
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    rollerdisco , March 25, 2010 7:44 PM
    Maybe its bigger then it looks..... that guy's hand could be HUGE!!!!
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    Shadow703793 , March 25, 2010 8:34 PM
    Well at least this is better than... FERMI!
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    JohnnyLucky , March 25, 2010 9:45 PM
    You have to admit that a micro htpc might be of interest for those who have very limited space.
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    twist3d1080 , March 25, 2010 11:55 PM
    gsacksI don't care if it IS real bamboo. It still reminds me of my father's Oldsmobile. Yuck. And using bamboo isn't green either. A bamboo shortage is threatening the Panda population. Has been like that for years.


    Bamboo is considered green because its renewable and grows damn near anywhere. Pretty damn fast I might add, at least here in the States. Bamboo shortages in China are do to a life cycle fluxuation of the species of bamboo that the pandas eat. The type of bamboo used in the manufacture of furniture, flooring and the htpc, are not in anyway threating the pandas. Thanks for being a negative nancy. :p 
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    Anonymous , March 26, 2010 2:09 AM
    Sigh, the trend continues. Nvidia and Tom's Hardware need to realize that box news isn't good news.
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