The Aleutia team has been working on a fascinating project recently for a client in the hotel industry. Any PC that goes ito a five star room is going to have be small and silent but this one has to offer MPEG4 decoding, HDCP, and 1080p playback as well as DVI/HDMI output and ideally optical output.
We've actually achieved this (see my next post) though with the Achilles caveat of a fan, albeit a 13dB fan and we ultimately want to go fanless.
The "H1" system pictured is a powered by two Intel Atom 1.6GHz processors. Though Intel brands this as Dual Core, the chips are actually on a seperate die and feature individual hyper threading - on Ubuntu this shows ups as 4 cores (a quad core Atom?). (Similarly the Intel Atom is just a rebranded Centrino, albeit at a great price).
It features Gigabit Lan, 2GB of 667MHz DDR2 RAM, and a coral reef of heatsinks to dissipate CPU heat, Northbridge heat, and more heat coming from an Ati 2400 GPU which provides DVI output and should shortly offer 1080p playback.
2.5" Drive slot means you can go up 500GB at 5400RPM (about £90 these days) or 250GB at 7200RPM (about £60).
Completely silent, fanless, wall-mountable, and great as a Boxee box, HTPC, or just a powerful home/office workstation.
We'll be selling it shortly without the PCI slot populated for customers who can get by with VGA output.
Measures: 190 x 205 x 83mm.
Author's Note: In the end we decided the PCI interface was too mediocre for decent graphics and the onboard GMA 950 cannot drive HD. The H1 standard (single core Atom, onboard Nvidia 9400) can do 1080p playback but little else so we're working on an Aleutia H3 which will combine a fanless AMD Sempron 140 2.8GHz (45W) with Geforce 8200 chipset. (This is a completely new Sempron - much faster with 1MB L2 Cache.)