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Chinese Firm Claims Title To World's Smallest x86 PC

Little known Chinese computer Giada says that it has produced the smallest PC in the world, one that measures a mere 150x148x21mm and weighs just under 500g with the stand; a typical CD case measures 125x125x18mm in comparison.

This makes the Acer Aspire Revo, one of our favourite small form factor computers ever, look positively obese.

There are actually two versions of the computers, the i30 and the i32, on offer. Both of them are powered by the Intel Atom processor, come with 2GB RAM and a 320GB hard disk drive.

Although the computers are just slightly larger than one CD case, Giada still managed to cram an Atom processor (either D410, D425, D510 or D525) with 2GB DDR2 memory, a 320GB hard disk drive, two USB ports, a USB 2.0/eSATA combo, a card reader, a HDMI port and VGA.

On top of that you still have a GbE Lan port, Bluetooth and 802.11n Wi-Fi plus audio out and mic-in. Its power consumption of only 20w is worth around two power saving bulbs, which means that leaving it on continuously won't cost you the earth.

Giada says that the computer will have a noise footprint of only 26dB ensuring near silent operation in most cases. There is actually a fan running on the computer but you can only hear it when very near.

Both the Giada i30 and the i32 are not available yet in the UK but we've been told that they will be available from as little as $300 including a remote control, a HDMI cable, the stand but no keyboard, mouse or operating system.

An AMD version - with the Zacate E350 - is also coming by the end of the first half of 2011 for roughly the same price. The picture below shows the device next to a £2 coin

Désiré Athow
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.