CEBIT - Shuttle's X100 mini PC will launch at midyear

Shuttle plans to launch its X100 mini-PC at midyear. It is waiting for more Intel Core Duo chips to become available.

Taiwan's Shuttle, a pioneer in small form-factor PCs, is showing off a tiny computer at the Cebit IT show in Hanover that it aims to launch by midyear.

Shuttle's X100 mini-PC was designed with the living room in mind, and rivals other small computers such as Apple Computer's Mac mini.

Measuring 54 millimeters by 210 mm by 299 mm, the standard Shuttle X100 runs on a 1.83GHz Intel Core Duo T2400 mobile processor, according to Shuttle. Its measurements are larger than the Mac mini, which measures 51 mm by 165 mm by 165 mm.

The specifications on the standard version, which is expected to retail for around US$1,000 excluding taxes, include 512M bytes of DDR2 (Double Data Rate 2) DRAM (dynamic RAM) that run at 533MHz, and a 250G-byte hard drive. It also comes with a 16x speed DVD burner and ATI Technologies' mobility Radeon X1400 graphics chip That's one reason the device might not be on the market until midyear: ATI is set to announce a faster chip, the X1800, a Shuttle representative said. Shuttle will incorporate that in the X100 PC as soon as it becomes available.

"We might change other specs, such as updating to the latest [microprocessor] before it launches. We're not ready to mass produce it right now because there aren't enough Core Duo chips available," he said, adding the device probably won't be on the market for 12 more weeks -- just in time for the Computex computer show in Taipei this June.

Shuttle will also offer the X100 with up to 2G bytes of DDR2 memory, and a 400G-byte hard driver, for a higher price. The mini-PC will run Microsoft's Windows XP Professional, Windows XP Home or Windows XP Media Center operating systems.

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