updated 05:40 pm EDT, Mon September 8, 2008
Dual-core Atom shipping?
The dual-core Atom CPU from Intel will make its debut in a special edition of system builder Tranquil PC's T7 Home Server, the T7-HSG, easily identifiable by its blue body. Another product from the company, a media center PC, will also use the 1.6GHz Z330 chip, though detailed specs, prices and release information on this system was not revealed. The 64-bit CPU will be paired with a Gigabit LAN port in both the T7-HSG and the media center PC.
Other details on the T7-HSG are scarce, though it will come with a 500GB drive as standard equipment. It is fan-less and should thus be quiet, and will be available with wall mounts for out-of-the-way installations. Four USB 2.0 ports will allow for hooking up USB devices and expansion via external hard disk drives.
All that is known about the media center PC is that it will have dual DVB-T tuners with at least one HDTV output along with an S-video out. Multi-channel (5.1) HD Audio will be supported thanks to Realtek's ALC662 codec, while the GbE LAN connection will come courtesy of Realtek's RTL8111C controller. The PC's Maximum capacity will be 2TB.
The 500GB T7-HSG will start shipping on September 30, priced at an equivalent of about $520. Options will include larger-capacity drives, including a 1TB version for about $148, two 250GB 2.5-inch drives for $113 and two 320GB 2.5-inch drives for $173. No such information is available for the unnamed and unseen media center PC. [via Green PCs]
Tranquil PC T7-HSG