Taipei, Wednesday, November 25, 2015 22:59 (GMT+8)
light drizzle
AOpen does me-too Mac mini with Wintel Mini PC
Michael McManus,, Taipei [Thursday 2 June 2005]

Motherboard maker and Pentium M desktop specialist AOpen introduced a Pentium M-based mini PC, codenamed Pandora, at Computex 2005, with the Wintel-based small-form-factor (SFF) PC matching the Apple Mac mini in size, performance and price, according to sources at the company.

The AOpen mini PC system, which measures 15cm by 15cm and is only 5 cm high, is powered by the Intel Pentium M processor running at 1.3GHz or 1.6GHz and is supported by the mobile 915GM chipset with integrated GMA 900 graphics.

With a target price of US$499-699 for entry-level models, the system will be the most competitive Pentium M desktop solution on the market, the sources pointed out. The sources added that the current challenge of hitting the US$499 target price is more of a software issue than a hardware issue.

The system will include a 2.5-inch hard drive and slide-in optical drive, which will vary among a combo drive, DVD-ROM and DVD burner, depending on the SKU, the sources explained. A wireless mini-PCI 802.11 a/b/g wireless communication module will also be included, as well as Bluetooth support on higher-end models. The system will also have two USB ports and one IEEE 1394 port, thought the sources stated that the company has not yet finalized the specifications.

AOpen will target the digital home with the system, and has included DVI, S-Video, and YPbPr outputs for connecting to HDTVs, plasma displays, large screen displays, and high definition audio products, stated Tony Yang, marketing director of AOpen. The system is also designed for low-noise environments, and so has only two fans and is powered by an external 85-watt power supply.

AOpen claims the product was developed in cooperation with Intel, and will hit the market by the end of the third quarter. In addition to marketing the system under its own brand, AOpen is also considering OEM opportunities.

AOpen Mini PC
Photo: Michael McManus

Realtime news
  • TEEMA urges Taiwan government to take action on China hostile headhunting

    Before Going to Press | 1h 6min ago

  • ASE to expand workforce at Chungli facility

    Before Going to Press | 1h 7min ago

  • All-in-one PC shipments to drop over 10% in 2015

    Before Going to Press | 1h 13min ago

  • Acer launches Predator series products in Taiwan, eying opportunity from IT Month show

    Before Going to Press | 1h 14min ago

  • Taiwan PCB production value increases over 7% sequentially in 3Q15

    Before Going to Press | 1h 21min ago

  • D-Link sees strong smart home product sales in Europe

    Before Going to Press | 1h 25min ago

  • Korea government to invest US$110 million into wearables development, says report

    Before Going to Press | 1h 33min ago

  • Global LCD TV shipments to grow 2% in 2016

    Before Going to Press | 1h 38min ago

  • Himax obtains design-wins for smartphone-use force touch solutions

    Before Going to Press | 1h 41min ago

  • ZTE receives government funds to accelerate development of in-house mobile processors

    Before Going to Press | 1h 45min ago

  • TSMC may raise dividend for 2016

    Before Going to Press | 1h 46min ago

  • Sales of 40-inch TVs in Japan strong in October

    Before Going to Press | 1h 48min ago

  • Taiwan notebook makers seeking lower chip quotes for 2016

    Before Going to Press | 1h 49min ago

  • TWM withdraws from bidding for 2,500-2,600MHz bands

    Before Going to Press | 1h 52min ago

  • Digitimes Research: Japan telecom operators offering household robots to boost revenues

    Before Going to Press | 2h 2min ago

View more
China Internet TV and OTT market developments
2015 China smartphone panel trend forecast
Analysis of China revised domestic semiconductor industry goals
  • Wireless broadband developments in Southeast Asia markets

    As of 2013, the 10 ASEAN nations had a total of over 700 million mobile subscriptions, with the CAGR from 2003-2013 reaching 24%. This Digitimes Research Special Report analyzes the various mobile broadband markets in ASEAN and looks at the respective trends in 4G LTE development for those markets.

  • 2015 global tablet demand forecast

    This Digitimes Research Special Report provides a 2015 forecast for the global tablet market and analyzes the strategies of key market players such as Google, Apple, Intel, and Microsoft.

  • 2015 China smartphone panel trend forecast

    This Digitimes Research Special Report analyzes the strategies of key China-based major panel makers BOE, Tianma and IVO for attacking the different market segments through technology and pricing, and their relationship to local vendors Huawei, Lenovo, ZTE, Xiaomi and Coolpad.