Shuttle is primarily known
in the PC industry for their small form
factor (SFF) PCs. These tiny boxes are still mighty potent, and they're
usually geared towards LAN party gamers who don't want to be bothered
with taking their full-size rigs on the road. But as with most every
other computer maker, Shuttle is evolving, and as the demands shift,
production shifts as well.
Announced this week is an all new form factor from Shuttle, one that
looks nothing like the rectangular gamer boxes that have made them
famous. The Shuttle Barebone XS35 is just 3.3cm thick, making it small
enough for just about any application. It could be a perfect carputer,
or you could install it behind your flat panel as a covert HTPC. It
will be officially unveiled at the CeBIT trade show in March, and it
will ship with a 1.66GHz dual-core Atom D510 processor, Intel's NM10
Express Chipset, an NVIDIA Ion 2 graphics chipset (plenty for HD
playback) and an HDMI output. Now you're seriously considering that
whole "covert HTPC" option, aren't you?
Other specifications include a VGA output, LAN port, five USB 2.0
ports, a multi-format card reader, a 2.5" hard drive an even a slimline
optical drive. It's also "passively cooled," which means that it
operates in near-silence aside from the HDD noises. Pricing has yet to
be revealed, but the new box will be released in Q2 of this year.