Hot off the cutting room floor of the Aleutia marketing department, an MacBook Air homage/parody.
Already in use in Nigeria, our new P1 is passively cooled with a grooved case that serves as a heatsink. You see even low power processors like the Intel Atom generate some heat (about 2 Watts) as does the onboard graphics controller (about 8 Watts). Normally, a small fan would keep the system cool but fans suck in dust over time which clogs their blades and makes them noisy.
Ultimately, all hardware fails but hard drives and fans fail a lot sooner since they are spinning around a few thousand times a minute.
For our P1, we developed a custom heatpipe that removes the heat from the two 1.6GHz Atom CPUs and the Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 950 chipset and carries it to the case's top where all those grooves provide extra surface area and allow the heat to be dissipated. And though there is space for a 2.5" laptop drive we are also going to offer this with an OCZ solid state drive.
That makes the P1 the first dual core system on the market that has no moving parts!
Crucially, we've also outfitted it with a Wide Range 6-26V DC Input so that off grid users don't have to be too fussy about how precise their voltage is.
Goes on sale next week.
Sharing the same internal spec as the model below (1.0 GHz Via Eden ULV CPU, 1GB DDR2 400MHz RAM, 12V DC Input, 10 Watts) but in a slimmer case since it's designed to accomodate 2.5" laptop drives. So we can't offer a Terabyte of storage as standard but we can use extremly fast solid state drives to offer a tiny PC with no moving parts that's not crummy when it comes to performance. And the thick anodized aluminum case puts the Mac Mini to shame.
Standard configurations will be:
- 8GB CF Card with Ubuntu or Crunchbang (a lighterweight version of Ubuntu that includes Flash)
- 30GB OCZ SSD (155 MB/s Read Speed, 90 MB/s Write Speed)
- 40GB SATA Seagate 5400RPM Drive (faster than CF card, cheaper than SSD)
- 250GB 7200RPM Western Digital Scorpio Black Drive
- 500GB 5400RPM Western Digital Scorpio Blue Drive
Email sales at aleutia dot com to place pre orders and we can send a Paypal Invoice over. Shipping in UK is £7.50 to Europe it's €15, and pretty much anywhere else is $30.
Our fanless F5 will be released for sale online at the end of the month and boasts a 1.5GHz Via Eden Ultra Low Voltage CPU and 1GB of RAM. It has a 12V DC input and has a thick solid aluminium case that is unbreakable. We'll be releasing two seperate cases - one that can take a 2.5" drive and one that can take a 3.5" drive (pictured). Since it has a SATA-I controller, the smaller one can use ultra high-speed SSDs from OCZ and Patriot to serve as a rugged, stand-alone PC with no moving parts that runs Vista, Windows 7, or Linux.
But what's really exciting about the F5 is that with space for a 3.5" desktop drive it can serve as a Windows Home Server that is tiny compared to options from HP, Fujitsu, or even Tranquil PC. Western Digital's Caviar Green drives are now available in 2TB size, though at an early adopter price.
However, we'll be offering the system equipped with a 1TB WD drive for only $499 ($395 without any drive). Power consumption comes in at just 17 Watts, compared to 40W for a Mac Mini (that only goes up to 160GB storage and has a fan).
The 2.5" system will be $375 and $449 with a 250GB 7200RPM 16MB Cache drive running Ubuntu 8.10.
Creative Labs has appropriated Nintendo's font and launched a subsidiary Zii complete with flash-heavy, text-light website and a high-production 10 minute video? 10 minutes? In this YouTube age? Who has that attention span? Especially since the first two minutes of the video have absurd images of masked doctors measuring out syringes (to explain that this is a "stem cell") whilst a humourless voice even more monotone than mine intones: ""Mother nature has been honing the stem cells for over a billion years of evolution to produce the perfect building block of life."
Baffling advertising aside, The ZMS-05 is a really interesting programmable chip and would make for a great embedded device. Perhaps a cigarette pack-sized nettop able to run Ubuntu (now available on ARM processors) and potentially Boxee as it can play 1080p. Or it could just run Android.