VIA announces smallest system with x86 quad-core CPU

VIA yesterday announced ARTiGO A1250 system with QuadCore processor and stereoscopic/HD video capabilities. Measuring just 17.7cm by 12.5cm by 3.0cm (7" x 4.9" x 1.2"), the A1150 is about 10% smaller than its predecessor, ARTiGO A1150, and is touted as the smallest system, that utilizes x86-compatible CPU with 4 cores. The ARTiGO A1250 uses at maximum 30 Watt of power, and can be be used in a variety of low-power applications at home or in office, such as home server, media streaming, and surveillance.

Courtesy of VIA
Picture: Courtesy of VIA

The core of the VIA ARTiGO A1250 is a QuadCore E-Series processor with 1 GHz operating frequency and 800 MHz FSB. The only known QuadCore model, that matches these specifications, is ultra-low voltage U4650E. Although that chip runs at 1 GHz, it supports Turbo technology, that can boost frequency to 1.2 GHz. The U4650E also has 1 MB L2 cache per each core, and 18 Watt Thermal Design Power at stock frequency.

In addition to the quad-core CPU, the system integrates VIA VX11H media system processor (MSP) and High Definition Audio Codec. The MSP embeds Chromotion 5.0 2D/3D DX11-compatible graphics, and video decoding processor, that accelerates decoding of VC1, MPEG-2, WMV9 and H.264 formats. Display controller in the VX11H MSP has HDMI and VGA outputs, that can be connected to two displays. The MSP supports resolutions up to 1080p (up to 2560 x 1600 on VGA display).

VIA ARTiGO A1250 supports up to 8 GB of RAM, and has a bay for one 2.5" SATA II SDD or hard disk drive. A1250's interfaces include Gigabit Ethernet and USB 3.0. The A1250 is compatible with Windows 7, Windows XP, and Linux operating systems. Pricing of the ARTiGO A1250 system was not announced.

Source: VIA Technologies

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