Albatron's ViiV "Nano PC"
May 09, 2006

Albatron's ViiV 'Nano-PC'

Albatron's "Nano PC" fits an Intel 945GT+ICH7 chipset motherboard and Core Solo or Duo processor into an appealing 224 x 160 x 50 mm enclosure. Essentially the same raw technology inside as Apple's Intel Mac Mini, with a ViiV sticker on it. We took a quick look at an early prototype a few weeks ago and took some photos.

Albatron's ViiV 'Nano-PC'

DDR-II SODIMMs provide up to 4GB of memory running at 533 or 667 MHz. 8 channel 7.1 AC97 Audio is supported courtesy of Realtek. Gigabit Ethernet comes courtesy of Intel. An optional 'Albalink' Wireless kit is planned.

Albatron's ViiV 'Nano-PC'

We spotted what looked like an IR receiver on the front panel, below the optical drive slot. The back panel connectors on the Nano PC were: DVI out; Gigabit Ethernet; Firewire; 6 x USB 2.0; 6 x 3.5mm audio jacks; 2 x TOSLINK optical digital audio sockets.

Our suspicions were raised that this might be a non-functional prototype when we couldn't find a DC input socket anywhere. When they get it working we'll be interested to see how it performs.

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