We've been waiting with baited breath for the first Ion-based computers to start trickling out. First out of the gate was Acer, with their Revo nettops, and now component maker Zotac is looking to get in on the action with a new dual-core Ion motherboard.
The fanless design manages to incorporate just about everything in a board that's only 6.5 inches on a side. The stand out additions include two RAM slots, HDMI, three SATA ports and integrated wireless internet. Given Zotac's history of developing some pretty solid little boards to enthusiasts and DIY computer builders, this might just be the first board available for system builders to integrate into their setups. It would be a brilliant little board to use in HTPC setups; just connect power and HDMI and you're up and running.
The only downside to the new products is pricing; according to the product announcement, the version with the dual-core 330 chip will run the equivalent of 300USD while the single-core N270 will cost the equivalent of 200USD. Hopefully we'll see these prices drop by the time this product makes it way over here.
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