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Via to demo ZOTAC ZBOX Mini-PC aimed at the Connected Home user



Via announced in a Press Release recently that its VIA Nano X2 Dual-core Processors will be featured in the upcoming ZOTAC ZBOX Mini-PC.  Besides the fact that this device is an amazingly small 12 x 12 x 4 cm, it actually packs a pretty good punch with its dual core CPUs being available at either 1.2 or 1.6GHz speeds.

Zotac-zbox-via-nano-x2While perhaps they may not pack enough power for doing much beyond streaming content or surfing the web, often this is what most people are after in the first place when it comes to their Home Theater PC (HTPC) and leave the more CPU intensive applications for the beefier computers in the home.

Featuring two out-of-order x86 cores, VIA Nano X2 processors come with native 64-bit software support, VT CPU virtualization technology, and VIA PadLock™ hardware security features…

VIA Nano X2 processors are also pin-to-pin compatible with previous VIA Nano, VIA C7, VIA C7-M and VIA Eden processors, facilitating easy upgrades of existing designs.  Here are the CPU specs for the ZOTAC Mini-PC:

  • Advanced multi-core processing
  • Power-efficient out-of-order x86 architecture
  • Full support for 64-bit operating systems
  • High-performance superscalar processing
  • Most efficient speculative floating point algorithm
  • Full processor virtualization support
  • Advanced power and thermal management
  • VIA PadLock™ hardware security features
  • Pin-to-pin compatibility with other VIA processors

The press Release went on to describe the Mini-PC featuring the VIA Nano X2 Dual-Core Processor on view at Computex:

Powered by the VIA Nano X2 dual-core processor, the ZOTAC ZBOX features a palm-sized chassis measuring just 12 x 12 x 4cm, making it an ideal solution for integration into a home entertainment system as well as space constrained workspaces.

“The ZOTAC ZBOX is a great example of the kinds of innovations in form factor design that are possible on our low power VIA Nano X2 dual-core processor platform,” said Richard Brown, Vice President of Marketing, VIA Technologies, Inc. “It provides an excellent solution for home and officer users seeking a premium computing experience in an ultra compact size.”

All I can say is that the HTPC sure seems far from “dead” as one over-zealous writer stated not three or four months ago.  I still stand by my statement, the HTPC is far from dead! Though the form factor of an HTPC seems to be morphing in all kinds of directions right before our eyes.

You gotta love technology!  Here are some more pictures of the ZBOX:


Stay tuned as we keep our ears open for any and all news in the rapidly growing world of “the Connected Home”.

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Tom AbellPut simply, Tom loves technology! Having been involved in the IT world since leaving the US Navy Submarine Force in 1992, Tom has moved his way up to the top as an IT Systems Engineering. But having spent some time in the Home Automation industry early in his career, he’s never been able to shake his love for creating integrated Home Technology environments and has been running HTPCs and Windows Home Servers for years. With 17 years of IT Systems Engineering experience, Tom's recent OIF 08-09 deployment has rekindled his love for the Connected Home Industry and hence, the website. We hope you like the site, please share it with your friends and follow us on your favorite Social Networks! Read more about Tom on the "About Us" page.View all posts by Tom Abell

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