Slowly, but surely, Via’s Nano processor is making its way into an increasing variety of systems. The latest is a tiny desktop from Shuttle, which has completely passive cooling and draws only up to 50W of power at the wall socket.
At its core, the Shuttle XS29F features a Via Nano U1700 CPU rated for operation at "1.0+GHz" with idle power draw of 200mW. Going by our experiences with the "1.3+GHz" Nano model, it’s possible the U1700 will run quicker than 1GHz more often than not—assuming the system doesn’t get too hot, that is.
The Shuttle XS29F also comes with Via Chrome9 HC3 integrated graphics, High Definition Audio, up to 4GB of DDR2 RAM, and support for 300MB/s Serial ATA storage. Rear ports include DVI, VGA, USB (four of ’em), and Ethernet. Neither Via nor Shuttle seem to have announced more details or pricing information just yet. However, we wouldn’t be surprised if the XS29F ended up priced competitively with nettops like the Asus Eee Box B202.