Gigabyte U60 and VIA Mobile ITXbasically take everything you have seen in mini-ITX and cut down more.
At first this picture might not look like much until you take into account the size of the two USB connectors facing the bottom of the card. This unit features a processor, chipset, 256MB of memory, dual USB connections, a headphones output, integrated graphics and storage connections for hard disks, flash drives, etc.
Here’s the real killer photo: the mobile ITX reference design sitting on top of my new Blackberry Curve; a near perfect fit, wouldn’t you say? VIA would surely love to provide the processing and platform power for devices like this in the future.
The world of the ultra-mobile PC is getting brighter and brighter as companies like VIA, oqo and Gigabyte continue to develop new ideas and platforms to power them. Achieving the ultimate goal of pervasive x86 computing power will take many years but we have seen surprising in-roads already this year at Computex. In particular, a device like the oqo 2 will offer current tech enthusiasts as well as business travelers another option for their mobile computing needs while the upcoming NanoBook design from VIA might be bring an entirely new group of users to the UMPC fold with a familiar design.
Hopefully we’ll see more of these products available soon as I am personally very interested in their usability in the real world. Maybe we’ll have some tests and answers for you on that soon too.
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