Nvidia's second-generation Tegra system-on-chip is finally starting to appear in tablets and smartphones. Betcha didn't expect to find one in an ultra-slim desktop. That's what CompuLab is calling its Tegra-based Trim-Slice system, which measures a scant 5.1" x 3.7" x 0.6". For a sense of scale, check out this product render, which has a couple of USB ports up front:
Yeah, it's tiny. CompuLab has squeezed plenty of functionality into the svelte enclosure, too. At its core sits a Tegra 2 SoC running at 1GHz. A gig of DDR2 memory rides shotgun alongside a solid-state drive attached via Serial ATA. DVI and HDMI video outputs are provided, as is an S/PDIF digital audio out and four USB ports. Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11n Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth round out the package.
CompuLab is pushing the Trim-Slice as an open platform for software developers looking to experiment with ARM. According to the official press release, you'll have to wait until April to place and order. Pricing hasn't been set, but CompuLab director of business development Irad Stavi says we can expect it to be "higher than a streamer, but lower than a tablet."
With support for multiple operating systems promised, the Trim-Slice looks like an intriguing option for special projects like car PCs and ultra-low-power media players. I wouldn't mind playing around with one myself, if only to see just how well Windows 8 really runs on ARM. Thanks to SemiAccurate for the tip.