On Wednesday VIA Technologies introduced a new fanless slim DIY PC kit, the VIA ARTiGO A1200. It features VIA's 64-bit Eden X2 dual-core processor (1 GHz) and an industrial buckled-blade thermal fin design to dispatch system heat and provide reliable, stable performance in temperatures ranging from 0ºC~45º C. The kit supports both Microsoft Windows 7 and Linux.
"VIA has long been a leader in driving innovation for low power compact computing, especially with our ARTiGO series," said Epan Wu, Head of the VIA Embedded Platform Division, VIA Technologies, Inc. "By moving to the Em-ITX form factor we are able to deliver a slim line, fanless system, creating a completely silent computing experience."
Measuring just 3-cm in height, the A1200's ultra-low profile design allows it to fit easily into any environment. Aside from the dual-core processor, the slim PC packs up to 4 GB of DDR3 1066 RAM, an integrated all-in-one VIA VX900 media system processor (MSP), HDMI output and a VGA port (both with dual independent display support).
On the graphics front, the video output is handled by an integrated VIA Chrome 9 HD DX9 3D/2D video processor. It provides MPEG-2, WMV9/VC1, H.264 video decoding acceleration "for a breathtaking viewing experience at screen resolutions up to 1080p."
Also thrown into the VIA's new kit are two high-speed GigaLAN Ethernet ports, four USB 2.0 ports, one CFast socket, two audio jacks (Mic-in and Line-out), 12V DC-in power and an optional USB 3.0 host port. The slim PC measures a mere 24.3-cm x 12.4-cm x 3.0-cm, and provides one SATA interface for a 2.5-inch HDD or SSD.
"The VIA ARTiGO A1200 PC kit is an ultra slim DIY PC kit for enthusiasts who want a compact fanless system without sacrificing computing power," VIA said. "Taking inspiration from the Em-ITX form factor, the VIA ARTiGO A1200 offers an impressive range of features. The VIA ARTiGO A1200 is one of the slimmest full featured PC kits on the market today."