VIA's long-awaited Nano ITX form factor has finally arrived in Japan. Boards are available with 1GHz and 800MHz Eden-N processors, and are selling for the equivalent of around $350. The 800MHz model is entirely passively cooled, too.
While the Nano ITX platform might seem unreasonably pricey given its relatively modest processing power, the real allure is its tiny 12cm x 12cm footprint, which has half the area of Mini ITX. Despite these Lilliputian proportions, Nano ITX boards pack a CN400 chipset with UniChrome graphics capable of MPEG2 and MPEG4 playback acceleration, one SO-DIMM slot, two ATA/133 channels, one Serial ATA port, 10/100 Ethernet, integrated audio, a Mini PCI slot, and a handful of USB ports. Power consumption should be quite reasonable, as well. The Eden-N processor has a maximum TDP of just 7W at 1GHz.
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