Intel's $1m Small Form Factor PC
September 26, 2006
The Intel® Core™ Processor Challenge was announced today at the Fall Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco.
Entries will be evaluated based on our favourite attributes of Aesthetics, Acoustics and Usability. You may submit up to five different and original designs featuring an Intel Core 2 Duo desktop or mobile processor in an Intel Viiv technology-based PC, but they must be fully functional - and not commercially released prior to March 1st 2007.
Entries must be under 12 litres in size, boot Windows XP MCE or Vista Premium, run Intel Viiv drivers on a Viiv chipset (any G965, P965, 975X, 945GM or 945GT will do) and have a SATA hard drive amongst other things. If we've read the rules correctly, then that makes the AOpen i945GTt-VFA Mini-ITX board an excellent starting point.
Intel will award the "Grand prize" winner with up to $300,000 for hard tooling costs of their winning design and $400,000 for co-marketing activities with Intel promoting the design. The "first place" winner will receive up to $300,000 for hard tooling of their winning design. Presumably there is no room at Intel for second place.
$1m in total prize money isn't to be sniffed at - but there's a minor spanner in the works. The competition is open only to OEM and ODM manufacturers, and not to individuals. For the few OEM and ODMs still reading, the competition closes on March 2nd 2007, and entry forms need to be in by January 15th 2007.
The Intel® Core™ Processor Challenge
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