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Via launches pint size computer DIY kit

Via (opens in new tab) has had the small form factor market for itself for several years but unfortunately, it was never in a position of coming out with a killer product that would turn heads like, say the Asus EEE PC.

The Taiwanese firm has released the ArtiGO A1000 builder kit, a 15x11x4cm barebone computer which is marketed as the first Mainstream Oriented DIY kit for the VIA Pico-ITX form factor.

It is targeted mainly at enthusiasts who want to build computers around half the size of a DVD drive.

The most impressive bit of the kit is the credit card sized motherboard that is by far the smallest in PC Land.

Since this is a DIY kit, you will need to supply your own notebook-size hard disk drive, SODIMM RAM module and other peripherals.

The kit is based around a 1GHz VIA C7 processor which is equivalent to a yesteryear P3-800MHz processor and should be sold for around USD 300.

Although the kit will appeal to enthusiasts looking for a minute, silent computer, they will be less than impressed by its processor performance.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.