VIA announces smallest ever quad-core x86 system
VIA has announced the ARTiGO A1250 – claimed to be the world’s smallest x86 quad-core system. The device is indeed small – it measures 17.7 x 12.5 x 3 centimetres and comes with a Pico-ITX-sized motherboard.
Inside users will find a 1 GHz VIA E-series processor with four cores, but despite the core number the processor is unlikely to be very fast. The motherboard also offers VIA’s VX11H chip, which comes with DirectX 11 support and one SO-DIMM memory slot for up to 8 GB of DDR3 memory.
“By leveraging the ultra compact Pico-ITX form factor, the VIA ARTiGO A1250 is able to deliver a powerful x86 quad core computing experience in the smallest system design on the market,” said Epan Wu, Head of the VIA Embedded Platform Division, VIA Technologies, Inc. “The VIA ARTiGO A1250 boasts the latest technology with 3D stereoscopic display and USB 3.0 support for an unparalleled ultra compact computing experience, making small truly beautiful.”
The ARTiGO A1250 can also house a 2.5-inch hard drive and provides HDMI, VGA, two USB 3.0 ports, two USB 2.0 ports, Gigabit LAN and audio jacks. In addition the system can also be mounted to a 100 x 100 VESA mount. The average power consumption of the ARTiGO A1250 is just 27 watts, VIA says.
Pricing is unknown.