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VIA Launches Tiny ARTiGO A1150 DIY PC Building Kit

By - Source: VIA PR | B 19 comments

VIA has launched new dual-core solution for those who have limited physical space but want 64-bit computing.

On Tuesday VIA said that it has launched the ARTiGO A1150, a fully-featured yet super-small DIY PC kit packing VIA's Eden X2 dual-core processor, HDMI connectivity and native 64-bit computing in a palm-sized chassis. VIA is also offering additional modules like 802.11 b/g/n connectivity and an SD card reader to make this a great choice for compact computing in small, tight spaces.

"VIA redefines dual core low power compact computing, bringing all the features of a regular desktop PC into a form factor that needs to be seen to be believed," said Epan Wu, Head of the VIA Embedded Platform Division, VIA Technologies, Inc. "VIA has a long history in creating leading edge form factor systems, and the VIA ARTiGO A1150 pushes the bounds for ultra-compact desktop computing."

Measuring just 5.7 x 3.9 x 2-inches, the kit features a VGA port, an HDMI port, a Gigabit Ethernet port and two USB ports on the back. The faceplate contains three jacks for audio, two USB ports and a mini-USB port. VIA reports that the dual-core processor, clocked at 1 GHz, is joined by its VIA VX900H media system processor which supports H.264, VC-1, and MPEG-2/4 at screen resolutions of up to 1080p.

As of this writing, the product isn't available on VIA's website, so pricing and actual availability of the kit and its additional modules is unknown. However, in the meantime, check out VIA's demo below:

VIA ARTiGO A1150 DIY PC Kit Introduction

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    kilo_17 , November 22, 2011 8:12 PM
    I bet this thing pushes $300. I'd love to have one, but no way I'd buy it at that price.
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    sinfulpotato , November 22, 2011 8:13 PM
    Interesting. HTPC maybe? The lack of DVD drive displeases me.
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    Titanius , November 22, 2011 8:22 PM
    If they price it at $99.99 I would buy one...or more.
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    mavroxur , November 22, 2011 8:31 PM
    sinfulpotatoInteresting. HTPC maybe? The lack of DVD drive displeases me.



    So use a USB slimline drive. Solved.
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    LuckyDucky7 , November 22, 2011 8:54 PM
    First, whatever price it happens to be, this machine is unusable as sold as are all barebones kits.

    You need to buy RAM, and either a 2.5" SATA hard drive or SSD or the SD card module to get this thing working.

    But if it's less than 150 consider it sold, because I could use a mini-machine or three.
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    ivyanev , November 22, 2011 9:29 PM
    If cheap enough nobody will change their regular tv-s for "smart tv".Well a remote will be appreciated ;) 
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    cybr , November 22, 2011 9:47 PM
    Yawn. Cellphones have more power.
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    loomis86 , November 22, 2011 10:10 PM
    nice computer...but someone needs to tell the kiddie chassis is pronounced "chassie".
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    GreaseMonkey_62 , November 22, 2011 10:20 PM
    It would make an interesting HTPC build especially if you already have a DVD or Blu-Ray player and just want to display internet content onto your TV.
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    ta152h , November 22, 2011 11:33 PM
    This item is priced at $265.00 and will be available the middle of December.

    It comes with no memory, and no hard disk (and not surprisingly, no operating system). If you want wireless, that's extra.

    It's kind of expensive for what it is, but, it's also very cool, so might be worth it.
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    ojas , November 23, 2011 12:26 AM
    Interesting...small and looks cute lol. But can it play cry-- just kidding, just kidding! :p 

    Could be a good HTPC solution. I wonder when it's launched here...

    loomis86nice computer...but someone needs to tell the kiddie chassis is pronounced "chassie".

    You don't understand the difference between spelling and pronunciation, do you?
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    sinfulpotato , November 23, 2011 2:17 AM
    ivyanevIf cheap enough nobody will change their regular tv-s for "smart tv".Well a remote will be appreciated


    I hate the idea of smart TVs, the fact I can not control the hardware really bugs me.
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    DawnTreader , November 23, 2011 2:27 AM
    that was not 3 usb on front. there are 2 and the 3rd looks like an eSATA or something, it is more square than rectangular.

    Make it $99 and i will buy a couple for my parents.
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    td854 , November 23, 2011 3:40 AM
    DawnTreaderthat was not 3 usb on front. there are 2 and the 3rd looks like an eSATA or something, it is more square than rectangular.


    The third is an USB Mini-B port. Have you ever actually seen an eSATA port?
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    de5_Roy , November 23, 2011 3:45 AM
    can it play cry... wait it has no memory, no on and no hdd and it costs over $200-230...? it definitely can not play the-one-that-is-frequently-named-in-these-comments.
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    Hard drive, compact flash module, solid state drive, SD card, wireless module, antenna, system memory and operating system must be purchased separately.

    it's not so much as a diy pc as it is a buy most of the stuff and realize that you could have built a better one pc. imo via was smart to not include an hdd, price would have gone up much higher.
    however it does look something like system builders can play with. :) 
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    pastit , November 23, 2011 9:16 AM
    Add memory, run something like Puppy from a USB stick.
    Sold
    JB
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    diellur , November 23, 2011 11:54 AM
    Could be a good enterprise solution if business move more to cloud/server based applications. Bolt it onto the back of a screen and you clear up a lot of desk real-estate.
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    Anonymous , November 24, 2011 3:35 AM
    I have its predecessor the A1100. Too noisy, like a hairdryer constantly whining. If this is quiet ie the fan spins slower then i'm sold.
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    Anonymous , December 4, 2011 11:58 AM
    Fit-PC have made this size computer, with faster CPU for years!
    And those cost less than $300.